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Old 09-12-2009, 05:50 PM   #16
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My guess is that I did not put this product on thick enough and when I attempted to pull the paper off this morning the product stayed on the stairs and it is like cement. I have gotten off most of it with a scraper, water and vinegar ...I'm actually going to have to try to take off the stringers because its just not coming off-theres no way im going to get this stuff out of the corners. Anyways, the peel away product on the steps will not come off no matter what. Does anyone know if it would be safe to get out my sander and just sand the crap off. When I write worried, I dont mean inhaling the dust , I mean the friction from the sander and the product catching on fire and me turning into a big ball of flames. Nothing about this project would surprise me anymore.

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Old 09-12-2009, 06:14 PM   #17
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to get the hardened material off just reapply the peel-away again.
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Old 09-12-2009, 07:07 PM   #18
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I was afraid you were going to say that.

I don't have any more peel away 1..I think they sell peel away 7 at Home Depot. I am wondering if I can put 7 over 1 ..I really do not want to use 1 again. What do you think?

and thanks for your help Bob I really never want to look at another stair again.
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Just wanted to suggest that since your steps are 20+ years old I was wondering if all your time and money might be better applied to a new set of pressure treated steps but you will have to make that call of course. The large stores carry all the tread and risers material and attachments if needed not to mention many of it is already cut and made to install or they can cut material for you at no extra cost. I was just thinking that this way you can stain them a dark color like you want. This might be a bit more investing of time, materials, and labor than you want but wanted to mention it so that you might want to check out the cost of it next time your at the store.
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Old 09-13-2009, 09:12 AM   #20
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I was doing a favor for my mom...and the company I worked for closed so like everyone else, my budget is tight. I was just trying to do something nice for her and it backfired. At this point though, yes I probably could of had half the stairs done professionally-I have spent about lets see...about $140.00 on strippers alone (and not the good kind) Bought floor paint, looked terrible...there goes another $100...and then I jught bought all the stain, conditioner, poly supplies etc -$75. Now the stairs and surrounding woodwork are covered in this crap that is cemented on and I most likely have to replace all of that. I know home owners refinish stairs every day..I also know that everyone has a project that just goes wrong in every way and I guess this is mine. I guess at the very least I am learning-right?

Thanks for your replies ..I really appreciate everyones help!
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All right, I am somewhat having success at getting this stuff off with more peel away but the whole steps etc. I sprayed with water and vinegar and everything is still covered in white residue... anyone ANYONE have any ideas as to how to get this off...tsp substitute maybe? gasoline?

I also am pretty sure that I murdered the stairs. The peel away has been on it for so long and so many times that its just ...dark, very dark. I am pretty sure staining is out of the question now (unless they make a deep poopy color) and since I ruined any chances of going in that direction, I am back to painting the darn things I guess.
Any good floor paint suggestions..last kind I used was valspar porch and floor..dull sheen and it looked horrible. Help me salvage the little bit of dignity I have left.

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Old 09-15-2009, 05:55 AM   #22
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Are you sure you put the paper on with the right side out? This stuff is like Tyvek. It lets moisture through one way but not the other. If you reverse it, all you moisture escapes. Usually Peel Away 1 comes off easily with a little scraping and wetting. It sounds like the chemical has burned the wood at this point. Have you tried giving them a good sanding with 80-120 grit paper?

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