I bought an unfinished kitchen set and had previously painted it white. We decided after a year that we wanted a bit of a different look. So, we decided we wanted the contrast of a natural or stained table top while leaving the rest of the piece white. I figured I'd just sand the top down and then decide on a stain color followed by 5 or 6 coats of polyurethane.
I've put some serious effort into sanding the table-top. From a distance, it looks good. But as you get close, you can see the white specs dotted throughout the table.
I figured just more sanding would do the trick. After about another 40 minutes of sanding w/ an electric sander w/ 60 grit paper, the good majority of the dots are still there. I guess i didn't figure that the wood was so porous.
The gentleman at my local hardware store pointed me toward a paint stripper called Zip Strip and said to scrape and steel wool after I apply that.
Before I crack open the bottle of the stripper, I wanted to see if there was anything I was missing.
- Is this stripper combined with the scraping & steel wool going to be worth it?
- Am I better off just continuing to sand or is that a lost cause?
- Should I just refinish the top back to white and call it a day?
I'm sorry, but I don't know the exact species of wood.