To successfully strip stain from wood , it's best to understand the makeup of this finish. Stain is made of a pigment, a binder, and a solvent. The solvent is the part of the stain that makes the binder and pigment sink into the grains of the wood. Through the process of evaporation, the solvent dissipates and the stain pigment becomes embedded in the wood. To remove the stain from the wood, a thin layer of the wood will also have to be removed.
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You might spend hours and hours sanding cabinets to remove an old finish. And even then, there's nothing to ensure that you'll be able to completely remove the old material. Finish products penetrate wood and will not budge without excessive sanding. Sometimes, it's just not worth the effort. Chemical strippers, however, can help you remove an old finish in a fraction of the time it would take you to sand it off. The best stripping products are effective and fast. Place them across sawhorses.
Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Strip & Stain Kitchen Cabinets
Our kitchen cabinets had been painted by the previous home owner, and while I applaud the DIY attempt… the wrong paint and brush were unfortunately used. We have ALL been there. Sorry, Mom!
By Debbie Wolfe and Bob Vila. Removing wood stain can be an involved process since it absorbs into the grain of the wood. Most stained wood has a coat of protective varnish that must be eliminated as well. So, technically you must first use the chemical stripper to clear away the varnish and some of the stain will lift, too , then sand away a thin layer from the surface of the wood to remove most of the stain. You can also sand away minor scratches and fill in deep gouges.