We recently bought a craftsman style house from 1905.
We recently bought a craftsman style house from 1905. Previous owners refinished parts of the pine wall mouldings with a very dark stain, leaving them almost black and not matching with other parts of the mouldings. We tried Citristrip, and it seemed to remove a good portion of it. How do we know if we removed enough of the finish and are able to start sanding? Any advice would be appreciated. We are new to renovating houses. Since we will be doing large portions of wood at a time is it necessary to wear a vapor mask?
The best way to tell if you have removed enough of the finish to start sanding is to try a section and see how fast the sandpaper fills up. If you cannot make more than 3-4 passes with the sandpaper before it gums up I would suggest you try removing more of the finish with a chemical stripper.
As to the vapor mask it all depends on how good the ventilation you have is, the type of chemicals you are using, and what your individual tolerance levels are. A mask couldn't hurt if you are in doubt.
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