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on October 1, 2012
I recently purchased a crib and dresser for cheap from Craigslist. They weren't in the best condition but thought that I could refinish them both, which included sanding down some scratches and staining them a completely different color. In order to do this, the old stain and thick top lacquer must be removed.
I tried sanding, but it was a no go. The current finish was too thick and there were too many curvy details that I couldn't get into with the sandpaper.
Then I tried Klean-Strip stripper. It worked, but I still had to scrape hard to get the varnish/lacquer off, plus it didn't all come off. Additionally, it wasn't going to work for the small detailed areas.
Exasperated, I headed back to the hardware store. I found Minwax Antique Refinisher and thought "what the hey? Lets try it." All you need is some steel wool, hand/face protection (mash, goggles, heavy duty gloves), and you're good to go.
I tried with a drawer at first by just pouring some of the liquid on the wool and started to wipe at the finish. I can't believe how GREAT this worked!! The finish came right off in seconds and I had 4 drawers stripped down to the bare wood in 20 minutes. This is no longer a project that dread, but instead something I know I can handle.
I recommend this to anyone who is daunted by an overwhelming furniture stripping job. Also, to the person who posted about the steel wool getting stuck in the wood, yes this does happen, but its part of the process and easily fixable. Once the finish is removed, take a NEW wool pad with FRESH liquid (not out of the same bowl you've been dipping your other wool in) and wipe down your furniture. It cleans up anything that was left behind.