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How To: Remove Black Stains from Wood Furniture
By Alchemy Fine Living on Mar 27, 2012
Do you have a piece of wood furniture with an unsightly black stain? I recently picked up a dresser that had a really ugly top. It was covered in black stains that had penetrated pretty deep into the wood. It took a lot of patience, and multiple steps, but I eventually removed all of the black stains. Here is what the dresser looked like when I started.
Here are the steps that should be taken in order to eliminate dark black stains and return wood to it’s natural, beautiful state.
- Strip the finish. I use Citristrip, which I love. Spray on a thick coat of Citristrip and let it sit for about 30 minutes.
- Use a plastic spatula to scrap off the finish.
- Use a rag soaked in lacquer thinner to scrub off any remaining residue.
- Sand the piece thoroughly with 220 grit sandpaper being sure to sand with the grain of the wood.
- Once the piece is completely raw wood it’s time to tackle the nasty stains.
- Use household bleach and apply directly to the dark spots using a scrub brush or paint brush.
- Allow bleach to sit in the sun. This step may need to be repeated multiple times.
- Bleaching the targeted areas will eventually leave light spots in the wood, so to even out the finish rub the entire surface with a rag soaked in bleach and let it sit. Repeat until you have a uniform color.
- Sand, sand, and then sand some more with 300 grit sandpaper. Sand until the wood is perfectly smooth.
Once the wood is free from stains and sanded to a smooth finish it’s time to seal it. There are so many stains and sealers to choose from, but I chose a dark walnut finish for this dresser. I used Watco Danish oil. I applied it with a paint brush after beating the top with chains, hitting it with a hammer a few times, and slamming a chisel down in a few spots. (I know it seams totally crazy to abuse it after all that hard work to make the top perfect , but I was going for a super old, farmhouse look).blog comments powered by Disqus