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Old 11-09-2010, 10:00 AM   #16
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Thanks again from everyone! Based on your input, I think I'm going to takes epson's advice and try the Circa 1850 heavy body paint and varnish remover. They have a video on their website that made it look easy.. almost too easy, but we shall see. I like that idea of rigging a hoe/brush to make the job easier. I think I'm gonna give that a try too, given the amount of woodwork inside this house... I think my back will thank me.

I will keep pics posted as I go along. I might even start a thread in the project showcase if I get ambitious enough. I still have to get the plumbing and heat working before I can do anything else so it'll be awhile before I get to anything cosmetic. On a side note, I am in the process of restoring the old sash windows and found an interesting source for information from a guy in Massachusetts with an old farmhouse. Check it out here if interested: http://thisoldfarmhouse.blogspot.com...n-project.html
I don't think that is a wise move using interior shutters on the exterior, they will not last and IMO don't look good. Louvers made correctly for exterior do look good but that to me doesn't.

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There is a book by Martha Stewart called "New Old House" written in 1992. She bought and restored an old New England house. Recommend that you track down a copy. Paint removal is VERY time consuming at best. Last winter four of us stripped the paint from the windows of an historical stone building in our village. It took all winter working Saturdays just for the windows. You should do structural work first; roof, repair exterior wood and paint, plumbing and electrical and then work on the interior. Even Martha who was running a big crew did it in that order.
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Hehe, your home is sooooo awesome!!! If you ever need help fixing it up, let me know! haha
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You will find a contour scraper set most handy in this situation. One with multiple contours will set you back $15 or so. As suggested dental tools or sculpting tools from the art supply store will also come in handy.

I would shy away from using a commercial vat type stripping company. The process tends to grey the wood.

An infrared stripper would be something else to consider. They are safe, fast, chemical free and a delight to use. It looks like you will get good mileage out of one when it comes time to tackle the exterior. They are not cheap but I used mine, inside and out, all the time after I got it. I only worked on antique homes and businesses.

Do be mindful of the lead situation and wear protective clothing and at least a dust mask.

Don't panic too much if some of the woodwork detail crumbles on you. You can use dental impression material or materials from a place like Abatron to replicate just about anything in resin or plaster. I think the wood restoration products offered by Abatron are in your future too. Great stuff but pricey.

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You will find a contour scraper set most handy in this situation. One with multiple contours will set you back $15 or so. As suggested dental tools or sculpting tools from the art supply store will also come in handy.

I would shy away from using a commercial vat type stripping company. The process tends to grey the wood.

An infrared stripper would be something else to consider. They are safe, fast, chemical free and a delight to use. It looks like you will get good mileage out of one when it comes time to tackle the exterior. They are not cheap but I used mine, inside and out, all the time after I got it. I only worked on antique homes and businesses.

Do be mindful of the lead situation and wear protective clothing and at least a dust mask.

Don't panic too much if some of the woodwork detail crumbles on you. You can use dental impression material or materials from a place like Abatron to replicate just about anything in resin or plaster. I think the wood restoration products offered by Abatron are in your future too. Great stuff but pricey.
sdsester, I had to google the infrared machine, that is one neat machine, I have never heard of one until now. You are right it is a little pricy but it would be worth it if a person was in the business or owned one of the old antique homes.

One of the home owners had some doors vat stripped and it made a mess of them, the wood swelled and some trim came loose but the color of these doors looked good, it had the patina that some really like. Thanks for the heads up on the infrared stripper.

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