As I woke up in bed this morning, when & where all my best thinking happens, I thought about how great it would be if my icky looking porch ceiling were actually just covered in old shellac. I decided it would be too good to be true, and I should forget about it.
But I didn't forget, and I got on a ladder with some denatured alcohol on a sponge and started scrubbing. Lo and behold, the dark and disgusting alligatored and dirty finish soon dissolved away. And smooth beautiful wood shined through!
So, my question is... what's the best way to approach "cleaning" off that ceiling? And then re-shellacking it? Do I really need to go inch by inch with a sponge and DNA? (Eek!) And how smooth do I have to get it before I re-shellac?
Help, oh smart and experienced people!