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Old 06-16-2005, 11:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wood Finishing project

Inspired by boostnbenz's DIY on wood refinishing ( http://boostnbenz.1baddsm.com/DIY/Wood/), I decided to get rid of the few cracks in my wood once and for all.

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Empty interior:


Wood before project:


Stripper in action:


Bare wood:


A note for anybody who tries this: Wear some thick gloves. The stripper burned through latex pretty quickly, and nitrile after about 10 minutes. This stuff needs to be taken seriously. Once you get it on some skin, it just keeps burning.

Stay tuned, more to come.

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Old 06-17-2005, 04:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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RE: Wood Finishing project

I'm very interested in seeing your finished project. It really amazes me that every weekend there's something to do on the MB.
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Old 06-17-2005, 06:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Can't wait to see the final result... [:)]
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RE: Wood Finishing project

Thanks guys.

I'm debating whether I should stain the wood, or just put the urethane finish over it. It will look a lot more real without the stain, but the color might be kind of ugly. Guess I'll have to play around with this stuff until I find something I like.
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RE: Wood Finishing project

That's a great idea. Now you got me thinking of doing the same thing. I'll wait and see how yours turns out first though.[:D]

Now my wife is really going to think i'm crazy. She has a Maxima that doesn't have all the luxury amenities that we have and so she is going to feel slighted.[:(!]

Oh well. I guess i'm a little[}:)]
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RE: Wood Finishing project

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Now my wife is really going to think i'm crazy. She has a Maxima that doesn't have all the luxury amenities that we have and so she is going to feel slighted.[:(!]

Oh well. I guess i'm a little[}:)]
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While you have the wood off, vacuum away years of accumulated debris. It'll be twice as rewarding when you put it back together, knowing that what's concealed under the surface is just as new and rejuvenated.

Minwax also sells touchup pens which are very useful if the stain came out uneven or if you are only looking for a spot repair.
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Old 06-18-2005, 07:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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RE: Wood Finishing project

do you know how hard it is to get the wood off that runs across the dash? i need to refinsh mine. post some pics when its finished !!!
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It is damn hard. A lot of really hard to reach screws hold it in place. Be prepared to make a special tools run.
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RE: Wood Finishing project

Finished grabbing all the wood out of the car. Car fees a lot bigger inside with all the parts gone. More pics:





Got the first pieces of wood stripped:


Started stripping the other pieces of wood:


Staining!



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Old 06-20-2005, 03:30 AM   #10 (permalink)
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RE: Wood Finishing project

Are you going to apply a clear coat of any sort?

Are there any brush marks visible? The factory pieces are very smooth.

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