Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Durham, NC / Clarksville, VA
Any way to save the old stain under paint?
New member here, looking to avoid going down a rabbit hole of bad advice all over the internet. Thanks in advice for sharing any good suggestions you might have to offer.
My husband and I are restoring a simple 1928 farmhouse and want to go back to stained wood trim. Downstairs the trim appears to be the dark, mahogany stain on Southern yellow pine, covered in varnish, followed by oil paint (around the 1950s) and then some latex on top of that. There's no detail to most of the trim--just a simple roundover at the outside edges.
I've tried a few of my usual strippers so far to remove the paints, but they also removed the varnish and some of the mahogany. The old mahogany stain was slopped on unevenly and leaves a lot of streaking behind, even after heavy duty sanding. So now I'm wondering if it's possible to remove the paint only and NOT try to "un-stain" the wood. I'm willing to touch up with a mahogany stain where necessary, then protect it.
Any ideas for removing the paint only, or the paint and varnish, without overly disturbing the old time stain?
Attaching a picture taken today after leaving a very mild stripper on the trim overnight. Hoping there's some magic technique out there hasn't occurred to me. Thank you!