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josephr33 06-28-2010 11:17 PM

Removing Paint from old trim
 
I recently bought a house with all painted trim, doors, and some painted hardwood floors. Some places have four plus layers of paint. There is beautiful wood underneath, so I want all the paint off. I've been using a stripper so far, but it is slow going. A friend told me to try a heat gun. Is this a good idea? What about getting a power sander to do the job for me?

Jupe Blue 06-28-2010 11:46 PM

How old in your house? Beware of lead paint. You might consider removing the trim and doors and having them professionally dipped to remove the paint. The removal, refinishing and re-installation is a big enough DIY project without the tedious and time consuming job of stripping the paint.

Windows 06-29-2010 12:58 AM

Unless the trim is architecturally significant, you are FAR better off either making what you have look good with more paint, or replacing it with new wood and staining that. Removing paint by any method is a grueling job that often yields mediocre results.

If your decision is still removal, do read the EPA info on lead safety and precautions.

chrisn 06-29-2010 03:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Windows (Post 462786)
Unless the trim is architecturally significant, you are FAR better off either making what you have look good with more paint, or replacing it with new wood and staining that. Removing paint by any method is a grueling job that often yields mediocre results.

If your decision is still removal, do read the EPA info on lead safety and precautions.


I will second that:yes::thumbsup:


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