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clevere1
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What's the secret to stripping table legs?

So I picked up a real wood table. I've been stripping the old brown finish off using some orange stripping agent. It works well, paint on stripping agent, let sit, take off with scrapper (sp).

Now I'm ready to do the legs. They are round with some decorative edges... not flat So can anyone recommend a good way to scrape them?
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robbin
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Steel wool



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reply to clevere1

There are shaped scrapers especially for this kind of work. They have a head like a teardrop that can fit most curved grooves.

You can cut some stiff plastic to the shape if need.

In addition to steel wool, wire brushes work; I'd use a brass one as a steel one may be too stiff. If it comes off easy, a toothbrush works.
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mityfowl
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reply to clevere1

There are also plastic stripping brushes.

Worked well for me with stripping fluid.



Ken
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reply to robbin

said by robbin:

Steel wool

Just don't ever use steel wool with oak and any water or anything water based. The combination of those three turns the oak black.

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reply to clevere1

I stumbled on this accidentally many years ago

Go to a feed store or other place that sells horse bedding
What you are after is a bail of wood shavings - NOT saw dust - the stuff they sell as horse bedding has gobs of particles like match sticks/toothpicks

You are going to need a pair of sturdy rubber gloves
Spread a drop cloth out and apply the compound like normal
Then when time to remove the mess, put your gloves on and grab big handfuls of bedding and rub it forcefully into surfaces

Extra benefit is the spots where the stripping compound didn't quite get it all, the dust in the bedding sticks to those spots, highlighting where you need to hit again

I refinished my entire house of 5 panel doors this way and got every bit of old paint & varnish out of corners and never touched a scrapper for any portion of the job
Works so well I don't know why anyone would ever consider using a scrapper



clevere1
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reply to clevere1

Thanks all! I guess I need to actually work.
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