The stairway leading up to the 2nd floor in our house is a prominent feature, considering it is open to the main floor (so you see the entire stairway and the upstairs hall due to two-story-high ceilings), and it is directly inside the front door. So it's transformation is pretty important, especially considering it started like this:
However, if I think back to the process of getting it like this, I want to punch things. That shiny golden oak trim? Covered in some sort of heavy duty shellac. We used a liquid de-glosser on all the trim in the house, and it was just not enough to get through whatever industrial grade shellac they used. We really should have sanded the trim. The trim ended up taking 3-4 coats total, and has already peeled/chipped off in places... so it clearly just did not adhere to the trim well enough. Oh well, ya live, ya learn!
Lesson(s) Learned: When it comes to heavy-duty stripping, liquid deglosser is a no-no! It might be more laborious and messier, but SANDING is the only way to get things fully prepped for painting, assuming you want it to really last.
Has anyone else learned a similar lesson, or had more success with liquid de-glosser than I have? Any tricks of the trade to make de-glosser work better?