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stripping interior woodwork - reality check

Posted by Joseph H on February 15th, 1999 08:08 PM

I want to strip the interior wood in my 1928 Pioneer Bungalow. I belive the wood is redwood and there is a lot of it (doors, window casings, baseboards, built-ins, etc.). Can anyone tell me how realistic it will be to strip and refinish this wood? It only has three layers of paint, but a local contractor recently looked at it and said that it was so much work that he refused the job and wouldn't even give a rough estimate of how much it would cost to strip. Is stripping and refinishing unrealistic? Should I give up and just repaint it? I'm also weary of the fact that the wood may never have had a natural finish - does this mean that it is paint-grade wood that is not worthy of a natural finish?

Any thoughts would be appreciated!


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