Our garage fascia is old and peeling, so I want to strip the paint
back to the wood and start again. What is the best way to do this? Is
it by sanding, heating, or with chemical like nitromors?
If sanding, is a belt sander the best?
If you really want to go back to the wood I would use a hot air gun and
scraper to remove the bulk then use paint stripper and wire wool to remove
the residue. This may be a bit over the top for outdoor wood but it is what I
use for a good finish indoors and it has served me well. I use Nitromors
Master Craftsmans' paint stripper[*] which is pure liquid without thickening
goop, paint on, wait 5 mins then clear with wire wool further wetted in
stripper. Remove final residue/neutralize with wire wool & white spirit.
Use disposable gloves in layers to protect your hands from the stripper, I
use nitrile first then polythene overs.
I find sanding clogs the paper too quickly and I have too much lead based
stuff around for that to be a good idea.
[*] around 25quid/5l from B&Q on my last purchase.
It's late so it will have to be the short answer: If you had a choice of
washing your hands in spunk or water, which would you chose? IMHO the
goop just gets in the way but you have to be a bit more controlled or the
stuff goes everywhere.
With '70s you'll be fine, my place is C1900 so more of a problem, but it
does suggest that maybe you don't have to go the whole hog for external
and you could get by with a scrape & sand.
Also use eye protection and have a bucket of clea nwater at th eready
just in case.. This is especially true if you are working above eye
level. getting it on your hands is bad enough - getting it ina n eye
would be terrible.
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