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Stripping Varnish

Discussion in 'Tips and Tricks' started by Carlton, Jan 12, 2017.

  1. Carlton

    Carlton Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Just an FYI.........
    This is something I tried with great success when I was removing varnish from the interior of my restoration project.
    I tried a heat gun and basic Zip Strip with limited success. It seemed to take a lot of time and several coats to make any significant progress.
    A local furniture refinisher recommended I try either Airplane of Marine grade stripper. I purchased JASCO Premium Paint and Varnish Remover (Marine grade).
    That worked better. However, it still was taking longer than I thought it should. Guess I need to learn patience.
    So I took an old double boiler, filled the bottom pot with water and brought the temp near to boiling.At this point I took the heated water outside not really knowing what may happen.
    I poured some stripper into the upper pot and let the heat warm the solvent. The solvent reacted quickly to the heat. Once it settled down I brushed a coat on.
    The heat did the trick. The stripper dissolved the varnish quickly and made it a lot easier getting varnish out of the nooks and crannies. It took about 4 hours to complete the job.
    A few words of caution..... even though the stripper fresh out of the can didn't have a lot of flumes, the heat really increases the odor. So do this outdoors, wear glasses, work clothes, and a good pair of gloves. Latex gloves will not protect your skin. Good luck.
     
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