Best way to strip paint off this wood?

Old 03-23-16, 06:00 PM
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Best way to strip paint off this wood?

This is a garage door frame. The wood is sort of beveled or corniced as seen in the clean photo. What would be the best way to strip the paint off the areas where it is peeling?
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Old 03-23-16, 07:37 PM
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That beveled section is most likely an separate piece of molding. IIWM, I'd remove it and replace with new; just not worth the effort to strip it. The flat sections are best stripped with a hook scraper, preferably carbide. You can use the scraper on the molding too, but it tends to tear it up quite a bit unless used very carefully.

If there's paint on there from the early 70's or earlier, it likely contains lead, which requires special care in removal and disposal of the toxic lead.
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I generally use a pull scraper and putty knife to get what I can and call it good enough. If a customer wanted it down to bare wood I'd use a paint and varnish remover.

If I'm not mistaken homeowners have more leeway with lead removal than contractors do but the danger is the same - mainly inhaled dust or ingestion of chips. Chemical strippers are the best way to deal with lead removal.

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