You got a lot of good ideas in other posts, the thing I want to address is
your concern about hurting the cast iron ( or perhaps black iron) pipe. Just
for the record, if it's a drain pipe it's most likely cast iron, if it's a
steam or gas pipe then it's most likely black iron. Either one is pretty
tough, they are iron and nothing you can do with a heat gun, wire wheel,
torch, sandpaper, or any chemical stripper would likely hurt it. Cast iron
is brittle so you could break it with a hammer, black iron you would have to
really work at it just to dent it with a hammer.
All your doing with the stripper most likely is taking the black coating off
black iron pipe, it's painted! The pipe is fine, leave the stripper on and
let it work. Just paint it when your done so it doesn't rust and be done
I personally would try the old school very nasty and kind of toxic but quite
effective paint strippers and see how that works, give it plenty of time to
soften then scrape it off most likely. Ask in a paint or real hardware
store, they will know what you need. Wear gloves and keep the window open,
these are nasty chemicals but they will take off the paint.
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