In a previous episode I was trying to get a clear coating off a passage
lockset. Wasn't coated with lacquer as I had assumed, so lacquer thinner
did nothing. Tried my environmentally-friendly paint stripper (3M Safest
Stripper), which worked but slowly.
Well, folks, that's the key. The stuff *does*
work. Nowhere near as fast
as the nasty, toxic stuff (methylene chloride), which starts wrinkling
up the finish almost immediately.
The thing with these new "green" strippers is that they work much more
slowly than the bad old stuff. But left overnight, they'll eventually
soften the finish to the point where it can be physically removed. In my
case, it took rubbing with fine steel wool to get the last of the finish
off (thanks to the person who suggested that).
So the trick is to let it stay on long enough, and also to glop the
stuff on as thickly as possible. Fortunately, the 3M stuff is very thick
and stays on pretty well, even on vertical surfaces. I also found I
needed to keep the items being stripped covered so the stripper didn't
dry up, which was easily done by draping a piece of plastic over the tray.
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