Furniture restoration gurus: help me save my DIY desk!
May 27, 2014 7:06 PM Subscribe
I stupidly bought a piece of maple coated with something called "Durakyrl," intending to use it as the surface of a desk. Now I don't know how to get the Durakryl finish off so that I can turn this boring workbench top into furniture. Further complications inside.
posted by chickenandwine to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I bought this awesome-looking piece of maple, planning to use it as the surface of a desk:
It was coated in something called Durakryl, which I happily sanded off to what looked like bare wood. Then I stained it. Something was wrong - the stain was not soaking in. Never one to let logic stand in my way, I shrugged my shoulders waited a day, then slapped a few coats of polycrylic on. Four days later, my lovely new finish could be scraped off with my fingernail.
I'm guessing that when I sanded off the original Durakyrl, I just took off the surface coating and failed to clear the pores of the wood of this stuff, preventing my stain from soaking in.
So now I need to remove my own coat of polycrylic, plus the original Durakryl I clearly failed to remove the first time. My google-fu tells me little about Durakyrl - apparently it is a UV-cured industrial finish, although I'm not sure.
How should I proceed from here? Can I attack the wood with a wood stripping product and remove this industrial-grade gunk that was preventing my stain from setting? Or do I need to get the wood planed down? Or should I just set the thing on fire and take up basket-weaving instead?
Thanks in advance for your advice!