So, I'm 90 percent done stripping my railing. I ended up sticking with the Smart Strip (but with their laminated paper) primarily because I have a couple kids at home and want to keep the fumes down to a minimum. Like Steve suggests, Smart Strip may not be the best solution in that there are still places where there's either stain, residue or flecks of that last layer of primer. Still, I'm down to the wood but have questions about next steps.
I'm down to the wood but the wood still looks stained. Is this because the stain has penetrated into the wood? In photos 2 and 4, theye are dark brown and mottled. That brown is about the color I'm going for. If I stain it roughly that color, do you think the color might even out?
If the answer is no, do I have to get it all to the same color light color? (see the top of the newel cap in photo 2), What then might be the best way?
1. Should I try a coating of Strip Ease (or similar) first?
3. Strip Ease and bleach
4. Other ?
Finally, What type of wood do you think this is?
Last edited by gthec; 05-03-2017 at 01:52 PM.