I have wide oak window seats in my old house and I decided to strip the
paint off them, using a well known paint stripping gel the top coats
came off well but base coat is proving difficult, I am told that it is a
water based paint that does not respond to the gel, what else can I
use/do, it is a crime to re-paint the lovely wood :-(
Does the "well known paint stripping gel" say that it also removes water
based paint? If it does, do you need to apply more gel and leave it on as
per instructions in order to soften the paint? If not, you probably need to
buy another paint stripper that is for use with water based paint.
I've usually used caustic soda diluted in water @ about 2 teaspoons to 500mls of water.
Be aware! wear protective clothing and gloves, hat/goggles if overhead, and, consider a face mask there are minimal fumes even at this dilution and it's corosive in nature. Apply liberally with a well wetted sponge and protect surrounding areas especially the floor and surrounding metal/paintwork.
Treat as you would any other paintstripper, leave to work for 15-20 mins before attepting any removal, look for blistering/slime. re-apply as required. the 'mixture' keeps indefinately in a coffee jar or similar.
After successful stripping, wash wood with plenty of warm water or consider using white spirit to ensure the grain doesn't rise or split. leave to dry, consider what coating to use! :-)
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