Topic: Looking for advice on stripping and refinishing wainscoting
Looking for advice on stripping and refinishing wainscoting
My wife and I are stripping the paint from some beadboard wainscoting. If any of you could address some questions, it would be greatly appreciated:
-We’ve stripped the paint (using Smart Strip) and, as you can see from the picture, there are small areas of stubborn bits of paint still hanging on. What would be the best way of removing these last bits? I’ve done a bit of experimenting with denatured alcohol, a rag, and a ton of elbow grease! But I’m wondering if there’s a better way. (Also, I’ve read that the best way to get into those small areas is with dental tools. Is there anywhere in NYC where I can purchase a set?) Any tips on tackling the chair rail and the baseboard?
-Is it advisable to do any hand sanding once the paint is completely gone?
-Once we finally get all the paint completely off, we’d like to refinish the wood. Is there any type of treatment to give the wood before applying a stain/finish? Any suggestions for the type of stain/finish to use? We’d like the two-toned woodwork to stay visible.
-Anything else to keep in mind?
Thanks in advance!