We’re now into our last class. Because it encompasses so much, this class is 6 weeks instead of 3 weeks long. The checklist for this class includes:
- Stripping our 10 2 x 2 square boards from January to get them ready for next year
- Stripping via the dunk tank, 4 – 6 chairs. Then refinish them.
- Hand strip one “maverick” chair – then finish it via a schedule of dye, stain, seal, topcoat, glaze, etc.
- Strip via the flow-over system, 1 dining room table. Then refinish it. It can match the chairs if it’s a set.
Our first project was to strip our boards. We used a variety of different strippers, making sure to take notes on how each one worked on each finish.
A few days into that we were introduced to the flow over and dunk tank stripping systems.
The dunk tank is full (you can see a sign for it in the first tank picture) of Methylene Chloride – it does wonderful stripping things to a finish and terrible stripping things to your skin. You need solvent resistant gloves, a face mask, an apron, sleeve protectors and a respirator.
After you dunk it, you wash it, then dunk it in some bleach and wash it again.
Pat it down dry and then….VIOLA! Bone white (sometimes) and ready to sand.
There’s lists for the spray booths, lines for the tanks and people bustling everywhere. This might be the longest class but it’ll certainly feel like the shortest!