On 5 Jul 2004 15:50:23 -0700, email@example.com (topdog) wrote:
getting paint off of moldings is a pain. it's gonna involve some
combination of scrapers that you make that match the shapes of the
molding, heat in the form of hot air from a heat gun or careful use of
a propane torch, chemical strippers and sanding. all of these have
their disadvantages- for instance it's difficult to avoid rounding the
edges with sandpaper. getting good results can be frustrating and
if you can remove the moldings and replace them with new it's often
On Mon, 05 Jul 2004 16:18:49 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
A step in he right direction. I live in an almost century house. io
removed all of th wood [carefully], took it outside, across two
supports, and removed all the old varnish with TSP, scrubbing, and
then washing it off with water. Paint remover is good too.
Getting back on pre-painted is also an advantage. Don't wait too long
to fill, sand and paint over the nail-hole filler.
Have you looked into having it dip stripped??? I've never done it, but
it seems to be a decent alternative --->sometimes<---. But a couple of
caveats are that it may be harmful to the glue joints and the wood
itself. Even after dip striping, there is still some residual paint but
a lot less than you started with. I'm sure if someone in the Wreck has
had bad experiences you'll hear about it. Mark L.
When I bought my first house the front door was a moonscape of layers of
pitted coats of paint. I took it in and had it 'dip stripped'. All the
paint was removed, but it left the surface as hairy as a coconut (well, not
quite, but it was fuzzy as hell). So I still had a lot of sanding to do.
This was in 1973, maybe the chemicals are less harsh now.
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