Brush off the chair to expose the natural wood texture

When pickling a chair is painted with a caustic lye that dissolves old paint and varnish residues. This not very healthy way of working is especially necessary if an old paint is to be removed without residue to expose the natural wood texture again. For a planned repainting stains should be avoided.

Determine needs and alternatives

Pickling or leaching is a relatively aggressive way to remove paint residues from painted and painted wood. The wood itself tolerates the stains and the leaching and may react with a darkening of the natural surface color if necessary. For this reason, stain is also used to darken already naturally present surfaces.

As a general rule, stain should only be used if no other processing is possible. Apart from the health effects on the processor, hazardous and hazardous waste always has to be disposed of properly. If the operation is unavoidable and subsequent repainting is planned, a partial "pickling" may be sufficient. Ab- and grinding is always preferable to pickling.

To stain a chair

  • stain
  • Abrasive (paper with 200 coronation)
  • Lye and acid resistant rubber gloves
  • Eye and respiratory protection
  • Apron or protective clothing
  • Alkali and acid-resistant tarpaulin
  • Brush with plastic bristles
  • spatula
  • sponge
  • disposal vessel

1st place of work

Choose your place of work outdoors or at least in a well-ventilated room. Lay out caustic and acid-resistant tarpaulins so that splashes of the paint remover can not hit open surfaces.

2. Follow application instructions

Follow exactly the instructions of the manufacturer of the stain or paint remover. Some products may develop a risk of explosion if mixed incorrectly.

3. Apply stain

Spread the stain evenly on the sanded surfaces and let the application last until bubbles in the old paint develop. When restoring very old paintings, repeat this procedure several times.

4. Remove old color

Scrape off the loosened paint residues with the spatula. Brush or wipe with a damp sponge. Collect all removed paint residues in a disposal container, which you will later dispose of as special waste.

Tips & Tricks

Abandoned wood has the side effect of making it more resistant to pests such as insects. Therefore, you can make wooden chairs for outdoor use with stain durable.

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