Do I need to strip these first?

bahaccaOctober 18, 2011

I've stripped(using stripper x), sanded and restained the majority of the wood in my house in preparation for doing the kitchen. The wood in the bathrooms and elsewhere was definately STAINED-as in it would bubble out and the color of the wood after the process was nothing like the original color-it was quite light.

Well, I stripped a section of my kitchen today, and, to my surprise, no color came out! So it appears the rest of the house was stained to match the RED OAK cabinets in the kitchen.

So, seeing as how there is no actual stain in them and just a layer of poly over them, do I need to strip them before staining them or can I just do a good job of sanding them and then proceed with the staining? I am using a stain/poly in one. If I can skip the stripping process, that would be a HUGE time saver. I've also posted this in the kitchen forum as well.

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Stain will not penetrate finishes. And finished oak has finish in the grain depressions which sanding will not get off.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 12:46AM
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>I am using a stain/poly in one.

If you've never used these before, test them on a sample board. While it sounds like a good idea in theory, they are very difficult to get on evenly.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 6:40PM
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Are you staining the wood or are you staining the old finish? Your choice.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 6:55PM
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I read too fast and missed the stain/poly sentence.

You are painting, not staining with that product. I doubt seriously you will like the results.

    Bookmark   October 19, 2011 at 11:30PM
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Thanks for the advice. I thought I had stain'poly left over and I didn't. I opted to get the separate stain and poly as it seemed getting it on evenly and without drips was going to be easier with the liquid stain and a stain pad vs a paintbrush. Turns out I was right. I used stripper x to strip the finish, 220 sandpaper and am very pleased with the result. I have 1 more coat to do of the stain as I've decided it is still a bit too orange for my liking, then I'll do 2 coats of poly. I started with the most challenging area, so at least it is out of the way and the rest of the cathedral door faces can be done while being laid flat as opposed to doing them vertically. I'll post my finished cabinets when I'm done, hopefully before Thanksgiving.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2011 at 11:18PM
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