Refinishing cedar

January 14th 2002

Question from: Vic
MacKenzie, BC

Dear Shell,

I have an old cedar lined chest that needs to be refinished. The exterior is covered with veneer that has faded. I need to strip the old finish off and need to know if this will damage the veneer. Can you recommend a stripper that will not harm the glue under the veneer?

Thanks, Vic

Dear Vic,

Resealing a cedar chest (Tennessee Aromatic Cedar) needs only to be sanded with 120 grit sandpaper. To re-finish mix White Shellac and Methyl Hydrate and apply with paint brush (1 coat only).

It's just that easy.

Shell Busey