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Can I bring out natural pine that's covered with lacquer?

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Posted by: from Toronto
2/22/2021 at 4:21:32 PM

We are under renovations and I wanted a rustic look for my kitchen island, so we chose a pine shiplap. That said, our contractor painted the island with a lacquer, so it doesn't show the grain at all and it looks more like MDF with a couple knots. Is there a way to sand down or wire brush it safely to help bring out a more textured, natural look? The island is a sage green and we like the colour, but want to find a way to make it more matte, bringing out some of the grain. Any thoughts or suggestions on what we might be able to do would be appreciated.

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Date/Time2/22/2021 at 5:40:20 PM

Typically you can use a mineral spirits/paint thinner with a combination of scraping and sanding to get the paint/laquer off off back down to the wood grain.

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Date/Time2/26/2021 at 6:52:20 AM

There is no easy way to do what you want. Ask the contractor what type of paint/stain he used. If its nitrocellulose lacquer (not post cad, which is very hard ) you maybe able to remove some of it with lacquer thinner/acetone combo. This is very flammable and not recommended for indoors. If its water base then its some type of paint remover that works on the finish , then wash it off with tsp (while wet) or similar sanding as you go with wet/dry or scotch pads (green pot scrubbers)use brown if you can find them and whip dry.This should give you a green wash that you can play with and top coat clear. Be advised that this is tricky with a veneered board you may sand throw the top or swell the board.

Good luck

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