Stripping nightmare.

Old 06-06-05, 07:42 AM
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Stripping nightmare.

I have just moved into a 150 year old house, and it has some very nice wooden panelling and shutters around the windows. I have decided to strip the paint off them, and have them as plain wood. Unfortunately I think they have been painted every 2 years since the house was built, so the paint is about an inch thick!! Worse there is an indestructable layer of varnish under all that!! There is also quite a lot of beading around the panels so it's difficult to get at.

I don't want take a heat gun to it, as I am terrified of scorching the wood. I have been going at it for days with nitromoors paint stripper, and whilst it's getting the paint off that varnish is just not shifting. Anyone got any tips- I have loads to do!!!!

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Do a search in this forum for "Peel-Away". I've recommended it before. It's a great stripper/product, and will work wonders on multiple layers of paint, particularly the lead based paint you are undoubtedly working with. I used it in a 105 year old house, after weeks of scraping, burning and cursing--and have become their biggest fan. It isn't cheap, but it is sooo worth it. Its also low-odor--a big plus for inside work.
Old 06-08-05, 01:38 AM
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Cheers for that- I ordered some yesterday. At £60 for 12kg it isn't cheap, but if it works it's worth it!!
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check the following web site for a product called "Peel Away"

It ain't cheap, but it's designed specifically for a project like yours.
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another possibility is to check into "media blasting", it is kinda like
sand blasting although with different "grits" of media.

find a shoppe that does "media blasting" and take in a sample

make sure you tell them you do not want it "scorched" with
the blasting, just the paint removed.

by scorched, i mean, that you do not want the wood to look
like it was sand blasted on purpose.

insist on perfection,

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