Removing Excess Wood Stain
When working with wood stain, if the excess is not wiped off quickly you may need to resort to other methods. This is a page about removing excess wood stain
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I recently stained my son's wood play kitchen, but didn't remember to wipe off the excess stain. The surface never fully dried and remained sticky, so I needed to remove the stain and start over. I tried numerous things to remove the stain including Citrustrip and lacquer thinner. Finally I tried Paint Erase Stripper Gel, which worked really well!
- Paint Erase Stripper Gel
- plastic putty knife
- nylon paint brush or foam brush
- scrub brush
- Cover your work surface with plastic or cardboard. Using a brush, apply the stripper gel to the surface of the wood. The layer should be applied to a thickness similar to icing on a cake. Cover the entire area that you want to strip.
- You should start to see the surface change color after about 15 minutes. It is ready to start scrapping after 1 hour.
- Using the putty knife, carefully begin scrapping off the gel. It should roll up as you scrap, taking stain with it.
- Apply and scrap off the gel (following the above steps) as many times necessary to remove the stain. I repeated it 3 times.
- Use a brush and water to remove any excess gel. Allow the wood to dry thoroughly before refinishing it. You may need to lightly sand the surface too.