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elizabrat72 04-03-2013 07:34 PM

Removing paint from painted trim
HELP! My fiancÚ and I are reprinting our home which is 100 years old. The trim has been painted (at least once), and I would love to know what is the best way to remove the paint from the trim without removing the trim from the window frames etc....

Gymschu 04-03-2013 07:38 PM

Well, before you even think about stripping any paint, make sure you test for lead. Most big box stores have lead kits for about $30.

cdaniels 04-03-2013 08:10 PM

Why strip it?You might be opening a can of worms better left closed.

Brushjockey 04-03-2013 08:11 PM

Stripping is a huge undertaking in the best circumstance. I would also say fix it up for a nice paint job.

chrisn 04-04-2013 03:45 AM

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100 year old house = lead paint for sure.
I would leave it alone( as in paint over it)
Why stripping????

elizabrat72 04-04-2013 08:32 AM

The trim looks terrible, so is this a case where we should just paint over it?

joecaption 04-04-2013 08:35 AM

Post a picture.
If it's 100 years olld you can be sure of two things, it's been painted way more then once, and there's going to be lead based paint.

If there's nothing special about the profile and what you have is really that bad then replacing it with new wood may be an option.

Gymschu 04-04-2013 02:58 PM

One common misconception about stripping wood is that you will end up with beautiful looking trim after all the work. The fact is, there was a reason it was painted over and that reason is that it was looking like crap. I vote for painting over it.

Matthewt1970 04-04-2013 05:27 PM

I bet you could replace the trim easier than stripping it.

ToolSeeker 04-05-2013 07:30 AM

I gotta say if this is the original trim I would try to save it. Back then a lot of quality wood was used for trim, not the crap we get today. And as far as lead, it may have only been painted 5 years ago so test it. What I might suggest is get some peel bond try it in an inconspicuous spot, see if the trim is a wood worth saving. Then decide wether to paint or replace. A lot of those old homes had walnut and mahogany trim. But over the years some people got tired of them and painted them.

joecaption 04-05-2013 08:43 AM

Got a picture of this trim so we can see just how bad, bad is?

elizabrat72 04-08-2013 06:45 PM

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Pics to follow....

ToolSeeker 04-08-2013 07:08 PM

From what little I can see in pic #3 it looks like it could be good wood.

Brushjockey 04-08-2013 07:09 PM

Also looks like it could be striped with duct tape..
( press, pull)

elizabrat72 04-08-2013 07:43 PM

Okay, so what's the best way to strip it? We have no idea if it's lead paint or not, and it's our understanding that if we test for lead paint, it gets reported, and that's not something we want at this point. Too much expense to have it taken care of. Our children are all over 6, so eating paint chips isn't an issue for us

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