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I do not see a category for "furniture refinishing" so

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I do not see a category for "furniture refinishing" so thought someone in home improvement might have some experience in this area. Anyway, I am refinishing dental cabinet made in about late 30s. There are two layers of paint over oak. The top layer was easy, but the second cream-colored layer (probably the original layer) was not removed with any chemical stripper. It has to be sanded off, but it leaves small areas of "whitish streaks" in the grain of the wood. Even heavy sanding has a hard time removing it. When I apply stain, the stain will not penetrate. So, what is the best and easiest way to totally remove the cream paint? Will attach photos.
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Lacguer thinner will usually remove this type of paint.
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Apply the thinner using a brush over the stubborn paint.
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Let it sit for a minute then scrub it off with a clean rag
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
If it is stubborn use steel wool
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
It may take a couple of applications before it rubs off .
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Dont let it sit too long or the thinner will evaporate and the paint will get hard again
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
NOTE: use in a ventilated area
Wear safety goggles
Wear a respirator
Wear rubber gloves
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
when the paint is removed sand lightly before staining
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
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Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
You can also use a new putty knife or scraper to start the
removal of the paint after applying the lacquer
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Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Be careful not to scratch the wood
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
As good as your sanding appears the steel wool should
work fine,
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Acetone could work but is not usually as good as lacquer thinner .
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
very sorry about the much delayed response. Great answers. Thanks. Will rate you now.
Expert:  Machinc replied 7 months ago.
Thank you very much.

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