Stripping: Make Repairs & Glue Before or After Methylene Chloride Stripper?

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08-13-2020 08:09 PM

I have some cabinet doors mostly stripped and the next phase is a methylene chloride stripper.

The doors are in rough shape and several will need some glue reinforcement of the joints (likely CA glue) and also some wood plugs and inserts for damaged areas as well as some Bondo. The doors are poplar and will be finished with paint.

Question is should I use the methylene chloride stripper before or after doing the glue operations?

I was planning on using the stripper first, my reasoning being that the stripper might attack the glue of any repairs.
However, I just happened to read a finishing article which suggested using methylene chloride stripper after doing glue repairs as the stripper contains wax which can interfere with glues.

Anyone have any experience with this?

Thanks for any input.

-- “It is the beginning of wisdom to recognize that most men are fools and knaves, but it is the end of wisdom to embrace that vision.” -Arthur Kleps

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