Removing an Old Finish
A chemical stripper will do the work for you
Synopsis: Michael Dresdner says there are times when refinishing is the best way, if not the only way, to restore the beauty of a good but worn piece of ordinary furniture (as opposed to valuable antiques; see museum conservators for advice on those). Dresdner talks about how to choose a stripping method, what tools you need for refinishing, how to let the paint remover work, and how to clean up safely. He addresses stain removal, and includes side information on refinishing hazards. Methylene chloride strips best, but there are other options.
Refinishing has developed a bad reputation over the years, and most people view it as a troublesome and messy task. But, there are times when it is the best, if not the only way to restore the beauty of a good but worn piece of furniture. Of course, if your table or chair is an antique and its rich…