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answered What is this soft, sticky wood finish and how do I remove it?
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comment What is this soft, sticky wood finish and how do I remove it?
OK, I got some denatured alcohol / methylated spirits today, and it had no effect at all. The guy in the hardware store where I bought it also thought it sounded like a water-based finish, and that the only option would be to sand it. I was hoping if it's water-based it would be easier to remove, not harder; but I guess not.
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comment What is this soft, sticky wood finish and how do I remove it?
As for what to re-finish it with afterwards, I think that's beyond the scope of the question, but personally I'd like to finish it with something very hard and smooth and impermeable, that wipes clean as easily as plastic. We already use coasters, but sometimes spills happen (we have a toddler).
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comment What is this soft, sticky wood finish and how do I remove it?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_spirit - mineral spirits. I think if we sanded it it'd just make the sandpaper all gummy and sticky. That's what happens if we scrub it with a rough scourer, I was thinking we'd need to remove the finish, or most of it, before sanding.
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