Howdy all. I'm in the process of repainting the trim and windows in my
living room, and am quite unsatisfied with how the paint is coating over
the old paint. So... I gotta face the fact that I need to strip off the
old paint. There's at least 2 old layers of the stuff and, in the
windows, it's peeling/cracking in places. I'm scraping off what's
peeling off now, but what I'm using (razor blade scraper device) isn't
gonna do the job entirely. As far as the trim goes, I don't want to
take it down, strip it, then repaint because "eventually" I'm gonna
replace the windows and want to redo the trim then. Besides... it's
impractical to take the bay window and wooden sills out just to paint so
I may as well treat the trim the same. So... any suggestions on how to
strip the old paint off? Chemical stripping will be too messy,
methinks. I read about blowtorch and hot air gun techniques, but I've
never used either and I'm concerned about how that may affect the window
panes. Thanks for any and all advice!
I realize that you said "Chemical striping will be too messy", but take a
look at 3M Safest Stripper, available at Home Depot and other stores. It's
a very thick product that you spread on, then wait about 10 hours, and then
just wipe off. If there are many layers of paint, you may need to apply a
second treatment. It has almost no odor and you don't need to wear gloves
when you use it. I had good results when using it to remove 3 coats of old
exterior paint on wood. The main key to success when using it is to put it
on very thick and to wait at least 8 hours before wiping it off.
You can read about on the 3M web site.
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