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this might be a duh question but just curious....

can you pressure wash paint that is peeling quite good already from a wooden dresser with no damage to the wood or minimal damage to the wood?

it's an antique dresser but i got it free from mil. i live in arizona so i figured the hot sun would dry it out before the wood got soft and rotted.


Asked by melody77 at 5:29 PM on Jul. 26, 2009 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • I would not use a power sander unless you are 100% sure that is is not veneer but solid wood. Power sanding could power right through the veneer and you would be left with a mess. I recommend going to a paint or hardware store and buying paint stripper. It will melt off the paint if you do it right and then you just finish it off with a light sanding. It takes more work, but it is totally worth it. If it is worth redoing, it is worth doing it in a way you will be proud to display.

    Answer by kassandra55 at 11:48 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • Your best bet would be just to sand it to be honest because even if it does dry it might still have that mildewy smell to it becuase of the wood getting wet.

    Answer by LostAngel1986 at 5:52 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • I would not recomend pressure washing! even if it does dry quickly (which honestly it is going to take a lot longer to dry out then you think) the wood is going to absorb a lot of that moisture and will become warped and stained, this is not a pretty picture. it may or may not be of value to you now but if its an antique i recomend taking the time to sand and re stain the wood properly so that it may accure more value in the future

    Answer by mrsmurders at 6:05 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • i would sand it

    Answer by jbirchard at 7:34 PM on Jul. 26, 2009

  • You can get a power sander at walmart for about $30 I think. A good investment to save an antique rather than risk permanent damage. The Antiques Roadshow guys would faint if they saw this question. lol.

    Answer by casperskitty at 3:01 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • I would look into wood Refinishing. But look into it to see if its more trouble then you can handle! With chemicals & strong Smells Etc...

    Answer by Angellinda at 3:16 PM on Jul. 27, 2009