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Electric Sanders. Which one for sanding varnish off 6 dining room chairs?

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ChewingOnLifesGristle Tue 30-Apr-13 14:22:16

Doing 6 chairs by hand is going to take forever. I even briefly got ds onto it but he didn't get far either. So much for child labourgrin

So now I'm thinking maybe an electric sander would work? If yes, what would be the one to get?<total novice>

I don't want to spend a lot on it - this is a bit of a one off 'project' as I want to stain the chairs to match a table.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Tue 30-Apr-13 15:21:40


ChewingOnLifesGristle Tue 30-Apr-13 18:34:49

Early eve bump.

gnoomi Tue 30-Apr-13 18:36:29

Could you maybe try paint stripper (there are Eco ones), followed by wire wool and a light sand?

ChewingOnLifesGristle Tue 30-Apr-13 19:32:29

That's an idea. I'll check that out, thankssmile.

I've never done this before, not being esp into diy type projects. But necessity is the mother of invetion in that I need to change the chairs so that they look right. I just want a quick and simple solution.

I did think about a professional dip/strip service but it's rather more than I wanted to spend.

HerRoyalNotness Tue 30-Apr-13 19:38:42

There is also this mouse sander

I need to do a chair and was going to get one. Would do the paintt stripping first too.

ChewingOnLifesGristle Tue 30-Apr-13 21:08:26

Thank you. I must admit I didn't think of paint stripper. Is it difficult stuff to use?

gnoomi Wed 01-May-13 17:05:26

Really easy. Wear gloves, paint it on with a cheap brush, leave 30 mins then wipe off. May need a second coat if there are lots of layers. Do it somewhere with lots of ventilation.

QueenMaeve Sat 11-May-13 20:20:06

Don't use stripper, you need to sand to provide the wood with some texture for your paint or varnish. If you are planning to paint the chairs, you only need a light sanding. If you are leaving them with a wooden finish and are going to varnish again, then the mouse sander is a handy one.

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