Yesterday I shared how I used Citristrip to strip the deep layers of shellac off the top of an old vintage table. I promised you pics of the tabletop after I scraped and sanded it back.
My tip: although Citristrip says you can leave it on for 24 hours, I would only leave it on for a few. After the first coat and scraping, there were still parts of shellac stuck randomly on the top. I applied another coat and let it sit overnight. It left marks the second time where it had time to really absorb into the wood. My fault as I should have left the first coat on for a long time and not the second. It was all ok after I sanded it back because I wanted the old, rustic look anyway. If I had been going for a sharp look, I would have been annoyed at myself.
All in all, I think it is a great product. It made the process of refinishing a top that had a thick coat of lacquer on it much easier and it had no harsh fumes. I did use gloves per their instructions and I used a mask when I scraped off the old shellac.
Here are the pics I just took in the garage (for the “before” pics, click here). I sanded it back and used General Finishes Gel Stain in Nutmeg and their Halcyon Blue on the bottom. I hope to finish the bottom tomorrow and post on Thursday. Until then!
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