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#1 posted 03-26-2014 05:13 PM

Liquid stripper would work well here. Here’s another idea. Mix equal amounts of denatured alcohol and lacquer thinner and apply the mixture liberally with either a synthetic abrasive pad or a pad of steel wool. When the finish is gone, just wet a rag in clean solvent and wipe down the surface. This mixture will quickly strip the shellac and it won’t require an after wash, like stripper does. The downsides are that this process is slower and somewhat more labour intensive than using stripper and the fumes are noxious, as well as flammable. Do the job outside, if possible, or be sure to have good ventilation.

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