Posted by Cynthia Nelson (22.214.171.124) on July 27, 2003 at 07:41:47:
I was recently given a 125+ year old cherry desk (Morganton stamped inside drawer). It was painted white, and I've started to remove the white paint to get to the cherry finish underneath (I have a matching dresser which was never painted). I've encountered several problems: 1) the white paint will not come out of the wood grain, 2) there is a 'buckle' in the top of the desk (an area of wood that is puckering up which the paint covered) and it looks like it had mildewed at some time, 3) there are nicks and some scratches around the piece, should I repair them or not?. How do I proceed from here? I'm also having difficulty getting the white paint out of the curved and detailed surfaces on the piece. What type of product should I apply to the wood once I've gotten the white paint off of it?
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