No not that kind of stripper, but I still better keep my day job.
This Fall my daughter announced that she didn’t want any more painted furniture, it just chips way too easily went she moves. I suggested that she wrap her furniture more carefully during her next move. Nope, she wants only stained furniture from now on.
She needs a new end table so I picked up this beauty at my favorite GW for $8.95. She was in great shape except for the finish on the top. Of course daughter wants a darker stain. So what is a mom to do. Strip.
The last time I stripped a piece of furniture was 30 years ago. I absolutely hated the chemicals needed to cut through the finish and I was positive I was killing brain cells with inch I scraped off. The chemicals made my hands tingle even through the chemical gloves.
But since I needed to strip once again I wanted a less toxic stripper. I chose Lift Off Paint & Varnish Remover.
Why both the glasses and safety glasses?
Because the directions were in such tiny print.
So I poured on the Lift Off and let it sit. The gel had no smell of its own but as it started working it seemed to let off a slight odor that I thought might be from the old finish.
And the scraping began! I did wear gloves as directed, no tingling this time. I did get a bit on my arm a few times but it was not a problem, no irritation at all. My only problem was that it is so dry here that the gel was drying before it could work on the finish.
It only removed a small amount of the finish with each coat. At this rate I was afraid I would still be scraping away at this in June.
So I began brushing on the gel and covering it with plastic kitchen wrap. This was much better and I started making progress but it did take several coats to remove all the finish.
And here she is stripped of all her finish. Hopefully I can start sanding her this week.
Would I use this project again? Maybe. I have one more project coming up that requires removing the finish so I may try another stripper. After all this is my only experience with non-brain cell killing strippers but this definitely a better than the chemical strippers from 30 years ago.
Do you have a favorite finish remover?
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