Joined: Sep Sat 06, 2008 6:17 pm Posts: 706 Location: Central Pa, 17044
I have a very nice cabinet, it's pecan color..I want it darker like walnut or mahogney. So after the final sanding what is best to wipe off the dust before applying stain? I used mineral spirets and it left white blotches everywhere. Thanks, Gary
Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am Posts: 9130 Location: Haledon, NJ, usa
Maybe you haven't fully removed the previous top-coating. You ought to try to get down to the bare wood only.
You can try sanding your way down... or try a solution of 50/50 lacquer thinner & acetone. This will completely remove everything very easily if you wash it on with a steel wool pad flushing the pad in the solution frequently.
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Joined: Jan Thu 01, 1970 1:00 am Posts: 13096 Location: Tennessee,USA
Hi, I think Peter has it right, You are leaving the old lacquer finish. Mineral spirits won't dissolve lacquer. Some finishes will soak into the wood and a sanding can't get rid of that. You need a wet wiping to dissolve the stuff. I usually remove any old finish before sanding or repair is done. I do that because sometimes sanding can embed any wax or silicone that has been used previoulsly. It will grind it into the wood and could lead to trouble later in the process.