Paint removal from marble


Old 02-17-00, 08:20 AM
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We are restoring an old house and the marble fireplace has been painted black! Unknown type of paint. Any suggestions on removing paint and bringing marble back to its original beauty?
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Old 02-17-00, 10:01 PM
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Possibly the first thing is to find out if it's worth the effort to restore the marble.
Acetone will remove most types of paint, and for most types of marble acetone is safe to use. Remove a small area with a "poltice rag" (non-staining rag soaked with acetone) and blot (do not wipe) the paint from the surface. You want to know what type of marble (dense or softer), if it's polished, has been etched, stained, chipped, and any other details that relate to restoring it.

After you know what's involved then approach a marble dealer with the details. From there, they can guide you though the steps and provide the proper products or recommend professional restoration. In the absence of a marble dealer and soley at your own risk, you can try "paint and epoxy" remover, followed by poltices of naptha and powdered whiting (available at a paint store) to remove the remainder of the pigments. Mix whiting and naptha to a paste, apply and let dry. Repeat if necessary. Afterward, polish with a ready made product (instead of trying to make your own).

The better bet, is the advice of a local dealer.

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