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Old 05-03-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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Sticky paint like substance? What is it?


Not sure where to put this. I have some wood doors in my house that have been painted about 10 times, so before I paint them I needed to strip off the paint because they won't fit in the opening. The top layers are fine I've used both chemical strippers and a heat gun and had no problem. However there is a layer of something that is directly over the wood (it's also on all the trim in my house) that is extremely sticky and it's making this process a disaster. It's super shiny, almost slick looking when it's not been gone over with the heat gun/stripper. It's very hard. My friend sanded this stuff and it stuck to the sandpaper and made it stiff as a board! What on earth is this stuff?

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Sound like it might be the original clear coat. Maybe polyurethane?

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Lead paint/primer??
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It's not clear though, it's a beigy-tan color. I'm assuming it was put on in 1930 when the house was built. It's a huge pain to get rid of but my friend is being careful in case it is lead based. Does lead paint/primer have these characteristics?
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If poly I think it would look yellowish tan, especially when combined with paint remover.

If from 1930 era it most likely is a Lacquer finish. It get very hard with age.
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I'm only guessing. My sister had something similar in her house. Stripping old moldings and the lowest layer of paint was extra tough to get off. Either because it was very old or the type of paint they used in the days. Everything was lead paint back then.

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