replying to The Natural Philosopher, martaheine wrote:
With the trend and craze, we tend to go with the flow and after a few days
decided to change it into an entirely new look. SO when an oak beam that has
been painted or varnished is need of total makeover, it is still possible to be
transformed into it's natural state before. You can safely remove the paint from
the wood through the use of heat gun, chemical strippers or the method of
dipping using a chemical procedure. Another option is using mechanical sanding
and even sandblasting methods.
These can make a decent job of it:
They have a drum shaped brush (IIRC there used to be a range of them
depending on how aggressive you want to be)
From what I have seen the brush goes close to the edge - but I am not
sure if it goes right to the edge (with a little splay out).
The remaining bit you could tart with a multimaster and carbide rasp
Builders will insist in sand-blasting beams to remove the old paint.
This is fine if you want to ruin everything inside the house and to
ensure that one will be eating sand in every meal for the next thirty
I've found that gently wire brushing by hand produces the best results
but it is tedious work and will take several weeks to do.
Any mechanical means will cause damage to the beams and that seems a
Dont exaggerate. It only took about 5 hoovers a week apart to get all
the calcium carbonate out of te riooms.
Including wire brushing
will cause damage to the beams and that seems a
Its an unavoidable fact. You cannot get all the stuff OUT of the grain
without ripping it off, and some wood always comes too. The post
carbonate blast here was pretty decent: Yes, it raised the grain, but a
light sand was all it took to get a reasonable finish back.
Depends on how thick and hard the paint is. I had thick distemper, paper
adhesive and other paints on several large oak beams. I used a scraper.
The best one I found was a large wood chisel used as a scraper, held at
about 75 degrees to the surface and pulled so that the bevel was on the
trailing side. Yes, it was hard work but the finish showed good grain
and was slightly polished. You can apply pressure in the right places
and tilt the scraper to follow the surface where needed. I used an old
1.5" chisel, but a 1" would be OK.
On Friday, March 26, 2010 at 5:23:43 PM UTC, chudford wrote:
Firstly, consider not stripping. The black is part and parcel of the histor
y of the house. If she is determined to impose her stamp on the beams then
there are products with gels that will strip off paint but they are partic
ularly unpleasant to operate and you simply protect the adjacent ceiling wi
th duct tape or the like.
I used https://www.stripperspaintremovers.com/ the one was 4-F for stone b
ut gear up with all the safety stuff
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