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I'd like to sand some wood planks on a rustic table to remove paint stains, but keep the rough wood structure (1-2 mm height difference). How can I do that?

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sandblast, maybe? – DA01 Jan 22 '13 at 23:35
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Use sandpaper and your finger, or the edge/corner of a sanding block.

Though if you're just trying to remove paint I might first try using acetone or other solvent.

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Use a chemical stripper to remove the paint and a very fine grit sandpaper. You can get it clean this way without sanding away any wood.

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You can use a wire brush. You would want one that is pretty stiff.

Whatever approach you decide - test on the bottom of the table first.

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