Refinishing a Dresser - BEGINNER!


I am getting ready to start my first project and I am a little lost.

I am going to be refinishing an already painted dresser. I know the first step is to remove the old paint, but should I sand the paint off or use a paint stripper?

I am getting conflicting advice from the guys... :)

If you know of any helpful tutorials, please share them with me.

Thanks for your help!


Mon, 11/25/2013 - 08:18

You will need to strip the current finish and paint off the dresser. They make spray paint strippers that would probably be easy for you as a first-timer. Just make sure you wear gloves and be careful of overspray- it will burn a bit if you get it on your skin! Let it sit for 5-10 minutes, then scrape off with a putty knife or use some steel wool for any tight spaces or intricate places.

Once that is done, begin sanding! Start with a 120 grit and then go back over with a 220.

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