I never claimed to have self-restraint or patience. I ended up scraping that bit of the dresser before leaving for the party! No pictures as of now, but here's my strategy: tomorrow, I'm going to slop on a layer of the Soy Gel on the edges of the face of the dresser and top. Then, if I'm not exhausted and still have gumption, I'll probably work on the other side. I'll probably save the drawers and feet for another day (I say probably because of aforementioned patience problem). I will most likely need to do another coat in certain areas where there is still some of the old surface. That will be the last step before sanding the whole thing (gently, by hand...I've learned my lesson).
My mid-way review of Soy Gel is this: it works better than Ready Strip. As usual, nothing lives 100% up to its claims, but this is pretty darn near perfect for an eco-friendlier stripper. A few points:
- They claim it's odor free. Not completely, but the smell is way fainter than latex paint even, so it's not bad.
- <span It's rather fast acting...within an hour or two, the surface is all bubbly and can be scraped off into what looks like a special effects substance for brains/intestines. Gross.
- You have to lay the stuff on pretty thick. I'm really really hoping I don't need to buy more. They claim it has more coverage than traditional strippers...I'm hoping this is the case.
You can bet there will be more to come on this topic!