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Can Painted or Stained 2x6 boards be run through a planer? Answered

I have 2x6 Painted/Stained outdoor stair treads that are a little rough and peeling from the sun. Can I run them through my planer without damaging the cutter? I'm hoping to get a nice smooth, clean surface to stain without trying to sand everything. Thanks for your help.

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

Best Answer 8 years ago

I belt or orbital sander with 60 grit paper will make quick work of that. Then move to 150 to smooth it all out for painting.

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jonallyn
jonallyn

Answer 8 years ago

Thanks everyone. I went with the belt sander. Couldn't get the 60 so I went with 50. That got the cupping out and stripped off the paint in no time. I followed it up with 80 grit to take out some random marks and then 120 grit on a palm sander. Used an acrylic stain that went on beautifully. I will need a second coat but they are looking great. Thanks again.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

8 years ago

They'll play havoc with the blades, because there'll be embedded grit in the surfaces.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 8 years ago

I've seen much raggier timber go through a thicknesser without problem.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

Your thicknesser. or someone else's......

I've done plenty of of raggy LOOKING stuff, only I can guarantee embedded stones and all sorts of things in steps.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Answer 8 years ago

School's.

We, er, recycled a bunch of pallets and old benches into useable timber.

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frollard
frollard

Answer 8 years ago

+1

It'll work but the blades will dull very fast, with any luck you can get access to a sanding 'planer' to take the top layer off.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 8 years ago

I'd've suggested TCT blades, but they also wouldn't take that kind of abuse.

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frollard
frollard

Answer 8 years ago

perhaps a pressure washer could get rid of a lot of the abuse...