I've got a metal clamshell type basement entry door in need of
maintenance. To start with I need to strip off two layers of paint.
As this entry is away from plants and woodwork I'm curious what
would be the preferred method to deal with this?
It's made, I think, from orange peels. Real "orangey" odor, and works
very nicely. I've used a lot of paint remover and only recently decided
to try citrus .. "Citrus Strip" is the name, I think. Still have to use
about the same precautions and do a final "rinse" with mineral spirits.
The biggest difference, other than odor, is that it isn't volatile so
it works longer if you want it to. For a couple of coats of paint on
metal, it should be a quick job. I stripped bentwood chairs that had
about 5 coats of paint on them. My $8 chairs turned out to be not such
a bargain, as the stuff is as pricey as the old semi-paste strippers.
If it painlessly unbolts, I'd take advantage of the waning days of
summer, de-install it (covering the hole with a tarp and a board so
people don't fall in it), and haul it to a body shop to get sandblasted
and a baked-on paint job. I assume you have a real door at the bottom?
Of course, that might cost almost as much as a new door, but it would be
prettier than anything you can do in place.
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