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Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Franklin County
Re: Stock refinishing...
I use Jasco Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover available at Lowes in a quart size. You need latex gloves!!!
Also buy some plastic putty scrapers, a couple of cheap chip brushes, and find yourself a old tooth brush. This stuff is waterless - on and off.
You apply it and let it sit and work. I work over a large plastic tub (something to contain drips and the old finish.
You scrape old finish and this stuff off with the putty knife. Then with paper towels and mineral spirits wash it off and stop the stripping action ( get a can of mineral spirits and some extra brushes for the heavier areas and checking too).
Make sure you have everything. Wear safety glasses and a old long sleeve shirt.
Some finishes come off easily. Others are tough. You may need to repeat the process on parts of some stocks. The back side of a plastic knife is handy for scrapping tough areas - gently..
Once done, if you have some light finish left - sand it off. Then let the stock dry out for at least a week. Leaves a clean surface that requires no sanding, but I do a light high grit # overall before applying finish. A great way to check the entire piece before finishing.
The tooth brushes clean the checking real nice. Just let the stripper work in those areas longer before getting after them with the brush.
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