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Old 01-04-2008, 07:48 AM   #1
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Hello all, I just bought a house in Birmingham, Alabama. and the living room has a very large vaulted ceiling with rough cut cedar beams. the problem is the previous owner painted them white. I would like to restore them to their original look. does any one have any suggestions on how i might accomplish this. note: these beams are very porous



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I dont know anything about the paint removal part. I was thinking about wraping the existing beams with new ceder boards(1x material). Miter the edges with a table saw and you have a new beam.


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thanks, i guess thats what I'm going to do.

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Original look... like natural?

That would be difficult if they painted them incorrectly
It would be very difficult if they were prepped and painted properly

If the beams are not structural, I would suggest removing them, and having them stripped by a professional
-DIY chemical stripping is an extremely tough, messy, smelly, time consuming job...that often simply does not work with the chemicals available today. Regardless of what some cans of stripper say, different kinds work better for different applications, and one stripper does not work for everything, and some things simply can't be stripped using over the counter strippers-
Chemical stripping anything on the ceiling would only make it worse

If they are structural, you may want to call around for some media blasting estimates
A soft media blasting may work

....and you want to DIY strip it in place, you are in for one heck of a project, whether it be chemical stripping or mechanical (scraping/grinding/sanding)

I'm not saying it wouldn't be worth it...I love the natural wood
But it'll be a project and a half that's for sure
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