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Strip varnished woodwork
We've spent many a day removing varnish from woodwork, and while the results can be stunning, it's a messy, time-consuming job. The ideal place to do the job is outdoors to avoid the fumes from the remover. This works for doors that can be removed, but when the woodwork is molding or window and door casings, it makes sense to leave them intact and work on them in place, always with windows wide open. We've always had good luck removing layers of varnish on wood that has not been painted using antique refinisher from Minwax.
By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
September 30, 2013