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  •  exlrrp is correct if zero finish is applied (15+ / 0-)

    But you still need to sand after.  600 or 400 grit.

    Remember safety first!  Do this in a well ventilated area!!  Lacquer thinner fumes are not good and it is flammable.  Keep in mind that temp will be a factor in how well the thinner works.  If in doubt about using this go to a paint or hardware store and ask for tips on using it.

    Wash with a very diluted TSP solution after and wipe down between applications of thinner.  This make take some time because you MAY need to let it dry between applications to know for sure how light you are getting or whether you are bleaching the wood.

    If finish is applied you need to remove the finish whether wax, poly, varnish or lacquer.

    FYI -- I am a cabinetmaker.  This happens more than you'd think if a client [homeowner] changes their mind after we've stained some cabinets.

    As always YMMV

    •  Thank you, CJ W (6+ / 0-)

      Your input as a cabinetmaker is so invaluable, and much more on the mark than mine (below), but for some reason it didn't show when I wrote mine; dKos is so wonky that way these days...

      I agree with both yours and James' advice, lacquer thinner for stains is the right approach if there is no finish on top of the stain, and I should have made that clear, too - just so HH knows we all think the same way about stains. Bleach is ONLY useful for lightening bare wood, NOT for any kind of "finish removal" or stain color changes.

      Appreciate your jumping in!
      John

      "...greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches can never bring lasting happiness or good to the individual or to his neighbors." FDR

      by CodeTalker on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 11:02:54 AM PST

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