I'm doing some painting and decided to try getting the paint off the window
casings which was slopped on by the original painters before the moldings
were put on. The painted areas are not covered by the moldings so it looks
like hell. I've been able to forget about it with the drapes covering it
but with the drapes down I just can't let it go. I pulled the moldings and
tried scraping carefully with a utility knife and also tried sanding.
Neither method is very effective and where it does get the paint off the
surface, there is still paint in the grain. Anyone know an easy and
effective way to completly remove the paint?
On Thu, 05 Aug 2004 23:45:28 +0000, John Richards wrote:
Applying some heat first will soften the paint, making it
easier to scrape. Then use a tungsten carbide scraper to
get the paint off. You should be able to remove almost all
the paint without removing the wood. The poorer the paint
adheres, the easier it is to remove.
Google for Sandvik scraper. Sounds like you should by
the 1" scraper. Also, there is a Canadian guy auctioning
off a good set of scrapers on EBay now. I got one set for
$6 (+$6 shipping). Normally, these go for about $15 each.
You should first try a standard methylene chloride containing paint
stripper. After removing the paint, but before it is wiped clean of any
remaining bits of stripper and paint, wipe it down with an ATM stripper.
This stands for Acetone, Toluene, Methanol. It is the flammable stripper
that does not contain any methylene chloride and is found right next to the
MC containing strippers. Just look at the label. The purpose for the
solvent wipe down is two-fold. First, the toluene will remove the residual
wax from the MC paint stripper and second, the alcohol and acetone will keep
any residual paint from resticking to the wood. Paint left in the grain is
due to poor application of the stripper or really tenacious paint. I have
come to believe the shellac trick is just a cover for a proper second
stripping. There are also dedicated paint strippers. BIX makes one. It is
a powder that is mixed with water. If there is still paint in the grain
after trying both strippers, you will need to go at it with a brass brush
but not too hard.
To contact directly, remove both NGs.
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