I'm looking for advice / tips on ways to remove paint from trim and doors.
The paint has not bonded properly to the original paint. I don't know
whether it is due to latex over oil or that the semi-gloss original was not
sanded or primed or all of the above....
Is scraping my only option? Since it's trim and doors there are lots of
grooves and angles to deal with...
<< I'm looking for advice / tips on ways to remove paint from trim and doors.
Welcome to the most miserable and time consuming home repair DIY area. But on
to some tips:
1) Buy a good heat gun, like the Bosch or Master Appliance. If the prices area
bit rich for your budget, look on eBay and Amazon.com.
2) Use the heat to skin off the most of the heavy finish.
3) Follow up with a liquid paint remover. Some work better than others for a
particular situation. Experiment by buying a small can of each of the several
varieties at the store. Buy a larger can of the best one to continue your work.
Follow directions, ventilate, etc. etc.
4) Remove the last of the debris with rags and lacquer thinner. You can often
get free lacquer thinner from body shops that recycle and reuse it until most
of the low flash point solvent is gone, but that doesn't hurt the clean up
efficiency for paint residue at all.
5) Check out prices at furniture stripping shops. You may find that the time
you save could be worth the price. HTH
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