you offer pick-up and delivery service?
We service the entire South Florida Area and can pick-up
and return your items to you. Contact us for details and/or
to arrange pick-up.
if I live far away?
can help arrange for your item(s) to be shipped to us.
It's really no problem and something we're happy to do.
Please contact us for details and more information.
do you strip the finish off an item?
do all of our stripping by hand in an over-flow tank.
Basically, the stripper is poured over the finish,
unlike “dip” tanks, where the furniture is immersed in
a solvent. This
method is safer and less harsh than the “dip” method.
The finish is agitated off with nylon and soft
brass brushes and the piece cleaned.
100% of the finish get stripped off?
processes are guaranteed to take the finish "off of" items,
but it will not always remove the paint or stain "out
of" the item. Certain paints and stains are very difficult,
if not impossible, to get out.
one time some refinishers used lye or extremely caustic
acids to strip paint.
The unfortunate consequence was that the lye could
also eat glue from the joints.
In the last 25 years, like most industries, products
for stripping improved tremendously.
The strippers used by Ameriwoodcraft the past 20
years are the best in the industry. If a glue joint is
solid before stripping, it will be solid after, and veneered
pieces are able to be stripped without harm.
the stripping process affect the condition of the item?
has the effect of holding items together, especially those
that have been painted many times. A dresser, for example,
will have its joints loosened over time through constant
use. When it gets repainted, the paint seeps into the
small spaces that form, and acts like glue, keeping the
dresser joints more stable. When the dresser comes into
our shop for stripping, the removing of all the paint
from the surfaces and cracks may cause it to loosen up
Another thing you should expect is to "discover" things
about your item when we strip it. We've seen many a treasure
uncovered after stripping to reveal beautifully inlaid
detail work. We also discover imperfections or damage
that were painted/stained over to conceal them. Obviously
the stripping process doesn't cause these things, but
it may reveal them.
you refinish items too?
We have extremely talented craftsmen who can refinish
a variety of items once we've stripped them. Repairing
damaged items prior to refinishing is one of our specialties.