03:57PM | 01/15/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
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I have a wood paneled den that needs refinishing. It was probably last finished about 1960. The den consists of 3 paneled walls that have a judge's chamber look and the fourth wall is a bookcase with a built in desk. Most of the walls and bookcase are slightly faded. Not sure if the previous owner started to refinish it or not. Looks like I can see some stain on the bookcase.

My question is how should I go about refinishing? Do I sand, use a refinisher, or do I need a paint, stain, and polyurethane remover? I have some Formby's refinisher and tried it with a steel wool pad. After scrubbing a few of the squares I couldn't really notice a difference between the two squares I worked and the rest. I then tried a 220 grit sand paper on the same squares and that seemed to really smooth out the surface.

I also tried the cotton ball and nail polish remover test to see if I should use the refinsher or a remover. The cotton ball stuck to panel but I soaked it pretty good and pushed it up against the paneling. Not sure if I blew the test or not.

What should I do? I would like to apply a new stain.


01:48PM | 01/16/06
Member Since: 07/28/02
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Have you tried stain on the spots that you used the refinisher and sandpaper?

Now bear in mind that the stain is going to make the wood darker and not lighter.


04:21PM | 01/16/06
Member Since: 01/14/06
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No I haven't applied any stain or sealers yet. I would like to stain but want to make sure that I am preparing the wood properly.

My question is how should I prepare the wood for staining? The wood was probably lacquered and treated with lemon oil after. There was a stain but it is hardly noticable except for a few shelves and dividers on the bookcase.

Do I need to use a stripper, a refinsher, and/or sanding before applying a new stain? If I need to sand what grit should I use?


07:50PM | 04/03/16
I have a houseboat full of wood paneling and wood cabinets. They are very dry and dull, no shine left on most of it. How can I refinish them without stripping everything? Is there a wax or a varnish I can just put on the wood?
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