Flexner on Finishing: Alternative Paint Strippers
Safer Strippers are having a ‘green’ revival.
by Bob Flexner
Methods for removing old paint and finish from furniture have gone through at least four distinct periods.
Before solvents became widely available, coatings were removed by scraping, often with glass used like we use scrapers, and sometimes by sanding, after sandpaper became available.
(Heat and caustics such as lye have never been a good idea for furniture because they can lift veneer and separate joints. Also, lye will turn most hardwoods black.)
Article: Read Bob Flexner’s article on refinishing from the August 2011 issue.
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