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Re: Bulkhead refinishing question

My PO used a min-wax cherry stain. (dark) I'd love to get it back to the natural color and lighten it up.
I have no idea why people insist on staining wood, especially teak. The only reason to stain a wood is to make it look like another wood, to make a cheaper wood like an expensive one. But why would someone stain one of the most expensive woods to look like a much cheaper one? Regardless, I wouldn't even try to lighten it up. Once the stain is in the wood fibers, the only way to get it back to natural teak color is to sand it down. If you're dealing with a veneer which is most likely, then it's a non-starter.

BTW, was it you that steered me to a card scraper?
Possibly. I'm a huge fan of scrapers. They're far faster and controllable than any sort of sander. I'm glad that it worked out for you.

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