Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Painting

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-30-2008, 07:44 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Crawfordville, Florida
Posts: 35
Share |
Default

remove caulking/chunky paint from baseboards


I pulled the baseboards to put in a hardwood floor and am ready to put them back up. There are considerable amounts of caulking on the tops and some "chunky" paint lines where the quarter rounds were (I have gotten rid of quarter rounds). I want to repaint these before putting them back up, but need to remove the caulking and smooth the paint lines first. Does anyone have any tips/suggestions on the best ways to do this? When chipping the caulking away, I have taken off some wood from the top of the boards - also, the process is pretty labor-intensive. Thanks for advice!

stallinc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2008, 10:56 AM   #2
Member
 
kimberland30's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 325
Default

remove caulking/chunky paint from baseboards


You could always use a power sander with rough grit sandpaper...going down to a fine grit before painting. I had to do this to some of ours because my husband got wood glue on our baseboards from when he hung the chair rail, and chipping it off with a scraper/knife damaged some of the wood. I hand sanded because it was a small area.

kimberland30 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-30-2008, 12:04 PM   #3
Painting contractor
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Stockton,CA
Posts: 23
Default

remove caulking/chunky paint from baseboards


I have removed caulking on hundreds of feet of base in my years of painting with fairly good success. I grab a flexible putty knife and pull toward myself like you would be paring an apple. Pushing away from yourself gouges the wood. Taking it slow and easy helps. You might consider using a hair dyer or heat gun to soften the caulk if the caulk is not flexible. LOL
Thepaintman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2008, 09:27 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Crawfordville, Florida
Posts: 35
Default

remove caulking/chunky paint from baseboards


Quote:
Originally Posted by Thepaintman View Post
II grab a flexible putty knife and pull toward myself like you would be paring an apple. Pushing away from yourself gouges the wood.
Great tip - it worked perfectly! Thanks!
stallinc is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Remove baseboards before carpet installation? digexpressions Flooring 6 12-17-2007 09:46 AM
how to remove peeling semi-gloss paint amydiy Painting 5 04-09-2007 09:06 PM
lead paint - remove or cover? teresa17603 Painting 8 10-26-2006 06:14 PM
How to remove paint from brick beezee3 Remodeling 2 12-28-2005 01:38 AM
Need to remove baseboards that are glued and nailed recklessrick Painting 7 10-14-2005 05:20 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.