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Old 21-05-2018, 16:51   #16
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Re: Stripping Varnish from Teak Wheel

Originally Posted by Dunderbird2 View Post
I think the thing to watch is teak can have hard and soft grain areas. Scraping and sanding can gouge out the soft very easily leaving harder areas proud. You might have to do a bit of both just be very careful and donít overdo it. Itís very hard to rescue when you gone to far.
I will keep that in mind and go slow, thanks.
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Old 21-05-2018, 18:09   #17
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Re: Stripping Varnish from Teak Wheel

The picture is not loading for me so I don't know how ornate the wheel is. If it's fairly ornate with turned spindles and so forth I would go the chemical stripping route.

Otherwise, I'm in the heat gun and scraper camp. I've been doing it for years and years and I don't recall ever gouging or burning wood. Varnish softens at a substantially lower temperature than wood scorches. Feather the gun at an angle and scrape "down stream" from the gun. That way the air blowing over the area you have not reached "pre heats" a bit. Once you get into a rhythm it goes VERY quickly.

Also don't go at it with a putty knife, and use a scraper the way it's meant to be used, with the blade never at an acute angle to the wood.Very hard to gouge the wood that way. I have one of these sets that makes dealing with curves pretty easy:

For larger flat areas I just use a regular painter's carbide scraper. Keep the blades sharp with a file (and file off the boat to keep carbon steel particles off).

With some skill using heat is the fastest and best method. You don't remove any wood material, you don't scrub any of the pulp from the grain. You don't even need to sand if you're doing it right.
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