Originally Posted by dukes32
Thanks Sdester. Odds are that I would be using a liquid stripper, so the gel I can give a shot and others have reccommended them as well. Any suggestions on how to get the frames off smoothly?
Just a good old prybar and piece of scrap wood?
Do you need to pull the trim? No way to strip it in place? It is easier off but make sure you mark each piece with a marker, not tape.
Must have tools for antique home renovation is a pair of nice, strong, flat bars. And as you know, blocks of wood to leverage against. Safety glasses are not a bad idea either. Friends had blacksmiths make their flat bars but a good name brand steel one will work. Big Lots was liquidating nice Stanley flat bars, still forged and tempered in the USA at the time, and I bought a bunch for chimp change. You do not want a piece of cheap Chinese box store or Harbor Freight steel for a flat bar. I am not saying the Chinese cannot forge and temper steel but if you see two flat bars next to each other, one for $5 and the other for $15 some of the difference may be brand name but...
Edge the flat bar down behind the trim. Try to think through how and the direction the trim was nailed on and pull in exactly the opposite angle/direction. Go slow and listen for the nails squeaking out and feel your way. The second flat bar comes in handy if you need to leapfrog your way along. You will get the hang of it. Exercise patience or you will split the trim. Remember they used real steel finishing nails in the day!
Some argue that a sawsall works but that leaves pieces of nails in two surfaces you then have to deal with.
NEVER EVER TRY TO POUND A NAIL BACK OUT OF ANTIQUE TRIM (or any trim for that matter).
Pull it all the way through the backside, or do what I have a time or two and just grind the extended portion of the nail off if you have tons of something like flooring or baseboard to de-nail. If you try to pound it out you will split or damage the surface since the odds of the nail being straight are slim to no chance. Better to damage the backside of the trim than leave a bent nail gouge in the front. And pulling it out the back is the shortest distance right?