Refinishing Furniture: Step One–Stripping the Old Finish
Learn the best ways to remove a finish, safely. First of a five-part video series.
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If you want to refinish a piece of furniture, your first step is stripping the old finish. Unfortunately, the process is filled with noxious fumes and sloppy, toxic goop. In this video, Peter Gedrys takes you through the process step-by-step, highlighting important safety precautions. Find links to videos on other steps in the refinishing process below.
In this segment, Gedrys uses a methylene chloride stripper, which is effective but not without its hazards. In your shop, be sure to wear proper safety equipment, work in a well ventilated area, and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
If you’re hesitant to try the process on an intricate piece, Gedrys suggests sending it to a professional stripper so that you can focus on the finish instead.
About the Series
Expert finisher Peter Gedrys, of East Haddam, Conn. guides you through all the steps of refinishing furniture from stripping an old finish to putting…
Videos in the Series
August 27, 2007
August 29, 2007
September 5, 2007