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post #1 of 8 Old 09-22-2020, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Size:  29.4 KBI am refinishing a side table my Aunt gave to me. Can anyone tell me what type of wood this is?
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Go ahead and sand it and then post another picture. There is just too much stain on it to even guess what kind of wood it is.
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Oh wow, so that’s all stain? Good to know. I’ll continue to sand. Between sanding I’ve been using mineral spirits. It’s been a slow process.
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Oh wow, so thatís all stain? Good to know. Iíll continue to sand. Between sanding Iíve been using mineral spirits. Itís been a slow process.
I have a hunch the wood is something light like cherry, alder or poplar so it's got a lot of stain on it.

The problem you are having is paint removers they make today are pretty bad. Big brother has banned the chemical that makes removers effective. Mineral spirits are not going to do anything to help you. You would need a stronger solvent like lacquer thinner or acetone to have a chance to cut any of the stain and then it would only do a very little. If you get to the point where the finish is gone you could use a two part wood bleach to help remove the stain.
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Go ahead and sand it and then post another picture. There is just too much stain on it to even guess what kind of wood it is.
Wow so that’s all stain? Good to know, thank you. I’ve been sanding along with mineral spirits in between.
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Oh wow, so that’s all stain? Good to know. I’ll continue to sand. Between sanding I’ve been using mineral spirits. It’s been a slow process.
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Oh wow, so that’s all stain? Good to know. I’ll continue to sand. Between sanding I’ve been using mineral spirits. It’s been a slow process.
I have a hunch the wood is something light like cherry, alder or poplar so it's got a lot of stain on it.

The problem you are having is paint removers they make today are pretty bad. Big brother has banned the chemical that makes removers effective. Mineral spirits are not going to do anything to help you. You would need a stronger solvent like lacquer thinner or acetone to have a chance to cut any of the stain and then it would only do a very little. If you get to the point where the finish is gone you could use a two part wood bleach to help remove the stain.
Ok. I will just keep sanding and look into finding another chemical that will work better. I’m using a 180 grit sandpaper. Will that do the job? And thank you 😊
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post #7 of 8 Old 09-22-2020, 08:34 PM
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I don't know about a light colored wood ...

This photo of the underneath shows a dark color.... could be Walnut, maybe Cherry ..... IF it hasn't been stained. Better photos would sure help determine what's going on!

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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You could start with a coarser sandpaper however what would happen is you would get the top back to the natural wood color and the pedestal wouldn't be changed much. You just couldn't sand it near as well. It would be best if it all was the same color even if it was darker than you desire.
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