Paint stripper


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Old 05-30-13, 03:48 PM
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Paint stripper

I spent half the day scraping paint off an enclosed porch floor. I believe the paint is Behr porch paint. I think I got about10% done. The homeowner wants to get to the bare wood (pine) and then apply a poly stain/finish. She is turning the porch into a sun room.

As I see it my options are, floor sander, belt sander, chemicals or new flooring. I'm too old and lazy to spend what's left of my life scraping paint.

I tried a bit of stripper (Strip X courtesy of big orange) in one corner and it's an improvement over a scraper, but still a pain.

Any suggestions - a better stripper or the floor sander?
 
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Old 05-31-13, 04:46 AM
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Do you know if the existing paint is oil or latex?

I don't do a lot of stripping but when I do I usually discuss the job with the paint rep at the store [real paint store, not paint dept] He's always been able to suggest the best product they sell for the job at hand. IMO a chemical stripper is the best way to go but you'll still need to finish up with sanding.

How are the boards fastened? Any nail/screw heads to tear up the sandpaper? What type of wood is it?
 
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Old 06-01-13, 07:19 AM
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Mark - The pretty sure the paint is Behr Porch and Floor latex in a couple of coats laid directly on pine boards. I found a half empty can in her basement. The wood is in surprisingly good condition. It's an older home but there is little wear. I've never used chemical stripper on such a large scale and I'm trying not to screw up the wood.

I think I'll stop in to the SW store this afternoon.
 
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Old 06-06-13, 03:44 PM
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Mark - Just for future info - I found the perfect paint stripper(s). My friend's grandson (17 y/o) and his buddy showed up. I gave them each scrapers, promised them a pizza and they went to town on the floor with all that teenage energy. We used stripper in a few touch spots but mostly it was just elbow grease and some finish sanding.
 
 

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