Michael Dresdner

straight talk about wood finishing

Cleanliness is next to…

Q: In preparation for painting stripped metal furniture, we’ve wiped down the pieces with soapy water and wiped everything dry, gone back over the pieces and have given them a light sanding. Do I need to be concerned with chemical residue from the previous finishes, stripper or other contaminate?
A: Possibly. Some strippers contain wax, and unless you remove it, you could have problems. Ditto for any soap residue. Once you have removed all the soap residue, which comes off with clean water, wipe the pieces with mineral spirits to remove any possible wax. Other than that, you have little to worry about.