Tigerlily’s Tip: Lacquer Look For Less
The Lacquer Look For LessIn an economy of savings, the decorating diva still has resources! Take the above dresser, a fabulous find at a local consignment store. I was immediately attracted to the dresser hardware and overall size and storability of this piece.
- There were very few nicks or gauges in the wood and it appeared smooth beneath the original finish.
- Chose a stripping product. Citristrip paint stripper is one of the very good ones which will make short work of stripping paint and old finishes and has a very pleasant orange smell.
- Prepare to apply the stripper. Furniture stripping and refinishing chemicals can be very hard on your skin, from drying your skin and causing a burn, stingy feeling to very severe chemical burns and blistering on sensitive skin. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection.
- Apply a liberal amount o f stripping product carefully to furnishings with either a brush or a rag. Pay special attention to furniture pieces with carved detail.
- Let the paint stripper do the work. It is important to give the paint stripper enough time to saturate piece. All too often, people are impatient and quickly try to remove harden layers of paint after brushing on a stripper. It takes at least twenty-minutes for solution to work.
- Remove stripping solution with a scrapping knife and dispose of the solution into a garbage bag. After the majority of the solution is off the piece, go one step closer with either sand paper or steel wool to get the remaining paint out of hard to reach grooves.
- The system usually consists of a primer, color coat and clear topcoat, commonly known as clear coat finishes.