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How to Successfully Remove Paint

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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Question:
Getting paint off of woodwork (lots of it)
I bought a ca. 1937 home and luckily no one painted the woodwork, but they sure didn’t like to tape it off when painting the walls! Now all the edges of my woodwork & top of my baseboards have 2-3 different colors of paint on them from sloppy jobs. Scraping won’t help–I tried. I don’t want to take off the original varnish and I can’t remove my sills/doorways, etc. to work on them. Any ideas?

Answer:
Hi,

It’s not a lost cause. Here’s what you can do:

1. Buy a gel stripper (you can get it from Sherwin-Williams) and apply it to the areas in question with a small brush.
2. Next, remove the stripper with a tool (such as a 5 in 1 scraper) – scrape very gently to get the paint off.
3. Wipe the areas down with a damp sponge and let it dry.
4. Sand the areas down with a light-grid sandpaper such as 220.
5. Apply stain to match the existing color (you may need two coats).
6. Make sure you let the stain fully dry (may take 2-4 hours) and then apply varnish on top of the stain – going from corner to corner.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Mike
E-Z Painting Inc.
http://www.ezpaintinginc.com

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