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Old 08-31-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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Best way to strip paint off old air register?


Long story short, my old post refinishing the air register didn't really work out. The chemical stripper just worked way too slow, and getting into all the nooks of the grill are just impossible.

I'm looking to strip the paint off of these registers in the most environmentally friendly way as possible.

Muriatic acid sounds tempting as thekctermite said in my previous thread, but I wouldn't know what to do with all the leftover acid and gunk.

I'm in the Chicago area, so perhaps it might even be worth having some sort of place do this kind of work.

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A sandblast cabinet would be my first choice. Lots of mechanic shops and machine shops have them. Make sure to use one with a dust collector, or wear a mask.
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Try Multi-strip -- leave it on until it bubbles, then scrape off paint. Still have to use wire brush for nooks and crannies, but it is great stuff. Reasonably safe environmentally, or so they say. Awful smell, but won't cause you to run out of the room with a major headache. Epco Paint stores have it. A little pricey, but does the job.
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I'd pull them off and drop them off at a stripper or media blaster
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I saw on THis Old HOuse where they put some door hardware in a slow cooker (the electric kind with a glass lid; not a pressure cooker) with some electric dishwasher powder; took it off down to the metal. Not sure what it does to the crock pot but I think they are somewhat cheap. Good alternatives already mentioned but thought I'd throw this out to consider an alternative.
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You can buy a quart of muriatic acid. It doesn't take much to get the paint off. It is a common household chemical, and can be used as a concrete cleaner. Got a dirty patio???
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