I have a customer who wants to have kitchen cabinets re-finished with book-matched yellow birch - straight lines and flat surfaces. The only curve is the edge of all the doors and drawers. The indestructible substance covering the wood is not responding to any of the other strippers I normally use. I'm hoping that by describing the cabinets, someone might be able to recommend a suitable stripper for on-site use? I have experience with three: Zip-Strip, Dad's, and Bix.
From contributor B:
I sand the frames and then I hook up a vacuum to my sander, which really keeps the mess down. I stopped using stripper in homes about ten tears ago.
It may help to open up the coating first by sanding it with 80 grit paper. Then apply a heavy duty paste stripper and wait. (I think the brands you've tried will do). Scrape off what you can with a sharp pull-scraper and repeat if necessary.
Sanding a finish off instead of using chemical means makes sense for on-site, but like Contributor P, I would remove all doors and drawers and take them to the shop where they can be stripped. Refinish work is my specialty for many years and for reasons too varied to list, I personally almost never find sanding a finish off to be efficient in terms of time or end quality.
Another note of caution to look out for is that ost cabinet finishes of this day on birch have a toned finish. By this I mean color was added to the coating. This means as you sand, you will take some color off. So, if you plan on recoating, that is sanding the existing finish a little and then applying a coat over that, be very careful and do your prep sanding gently and evenly.