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You don't mention what type of wood it is but it's an important piece of info to know. Some woods and their plywood counter parts are more difficult to stain without additional prep. Birch is an example that usually requires a conditioner prior to staining. A lot of oils will give wood a nice light finish. Mineral oil is really cheap and easy to apply. ...


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The existing finish (shellac, linseed oil etc) may be affected by your cleaning solution. Consider using Acrylic finishes, as they, being water based, are less likely to be affected by spirit based cleaning products...


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After attempting every known thing at the time, I was faced with removing a thick layer of sticky varnish like finish from my doors,(thick & dark), wanting to restore them to natural pine. Good old 'Sugar Soap' was the only thing to remove it, then a wash down. Brilliant finish to take new sealant too! When restoring antique furniture, I often used a ...



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