Hello, I hope this is the correct newsgroup.
I am renovating a 1900 Victorian. It has decorative wood trim around windows
and door frames. This trim has been painted numerous times over the years.
I heard of sandblasting painted wood trim. Has anyone done this?
Is there a quick or better way to remove thick paint on wood trim.
Thank you in advance.
I just discovered a product called Silent Paint Remover. Seems better than
It removes paint with IR heat. Great reviews in some magazines.
Has anyone used this product?
On 7/2/05 11:15 PM, in article BEECD07A.6057% firstname.lastname@example.org,
I've seen sandblasting inside a closed container with portholes so the
worker can insert hands into gloves and rotate the wood as desired. The
goal was to remove some of the paint and some of the softer wood and give
the piece an antique sort of look. The results were beautiful. I have
difficulty thinking about what would happen if you were sandblasting
without the closed container.
Are you removing all the molding and doing the stripping outside?
If the mouldings are soft wood, and possibly even if they are not,
you're likely to rough it up quite a bit as you get off that last coat.
I used to make sandblasted signs out of redwood, cedar, and sometimes
oak. The blasting would remove wood more easlily, and therefore more
deeply, in the areas between the growth rings, so the result had
grooves from slight to 1/4" deep depending on the particular piece of
I'd find ANY other way, before I sandblasted my wood trim
BTW, sandblasting IS a legitimate and common practice to remove paint
from stucco in my area.
On Sat, 02 Jul 2005 23:15:06 -0400, Vinnie Boombotts
Sandblasting will damage the molding. More specifically, sandblasting
will not only remove the paint, but it will remove any sharp edges in
the wood--normally not something desirable for trim. Paint stripper,
various scrapers, rubber gloves, coffee cans, lots of time is the way
to go. A heat gun may be an alternative to the caustic chemical
The previous owner of my house had painted the cedar shakes and I had the
paint sandblasted, came out fine.
Sandblasting is common on fiberglass boats, skill of the guy doing it is
really important. But it is done without harming the gelcoat. The guy that
did my house got the paint off but left the striations, which in effect made
it look like a new shingle job. Try the classified.
There are lots of ways to remove paint from trim. Sandblasting is very
harsh, however, and you're likely to pit the wood.
There was a piece in _Fine Woodworking_ a few months back that described
blasting it with _baking soda_ rather than sand. Much easier on the
wood, and the baking-soda residue is biodegradable. The systems seem
expensive, and I'd like to try one out someday.
Otherwise, the methods available to you are:
Caustic chemical strippers like methylene chloride and pyrrolidine
3M's Safest Stripper
Sanding and grinding.
My own favorite method is to use Peel Away 6 or 7 for the upper layers,
and methylene chloride and wire brushes for the final layers. I also
urge people to avoid Citrustrip.
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