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Old 10-12-2008, 06:43 PM   #1
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When to Strip the paint (instead of sanding it)!

I need to paint our trims, but they have been painted over and over again. I need advice on whether I should sand them or use chemical to strip them. If I should use chemicals, please leave some name brands and reasons why I should use those and not others. Thanks everyone.


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Old 10-12-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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I would strip the paint from the trim and then lightly sand it to receive the primer and new paint. Use an enamel paint for the trim.


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Old 10-16-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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Another option is to replace your trim. I know for me instead of having to make my old trim look good, I just replaced the 1x6 and 1x4 trim and it didn't cost me all that much.

My house was easy to do though, so it matters how much trim you'd have and what difficulty.
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:58 PM   #4
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Unless the existing coats are failing or providing a poor surface on which to paint, you can keep piling on as much paint as you want.

Unless the trim is historical, ornate, or otherwise expensive, replacing would be about a zillion times easier than stripping. Sanding to remove many layers of paint is more or less not an option.

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:50 PM   #5
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well, the apt is a pre-war apt. I don't want to replace the trim, 'cause they are original. the paint is real bad. its peeling and cracking...painted over for many years. the house will look old and patched over if I don't clean the trim before I paint them again.

a couple of my friends said that I should use chemical paint strippers. it would be more effective. I just want to confirm that.

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