refinishing trim


Old 07-02-00, 03:27 PM
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Okay, the crazy person who owned this house before me painted over all the wonderful wood trim in the hallway, living room, and kitchen. Now I want to refinish it. Should I remove the trim before I start stripping? If so, how do I do this while causing the least damage to the wood and the plaster walls it is nailed to? Thanks.
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Old 07-08-00, 06:00 AM
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I suggest removing the trim to strip it only as a last resort. If and when you need to remove some trim, you will need to locate the heads of the nails that hold it on so that you can, with a small, non-tapered punch, drive those nails all the way through the trim. This allows the trim to virtually fall off the wall. Usually if you try to pry the trim off, you will split it and crack the plaster on the walls so bad that you would wish you would have just left the trim painted.
Choose a good quality stripper ann do one door/doorway at a time so that you don't get too overwhelmed and discouraged by the size of the project that you are undertaking. Have fun?
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