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Re: paint removal

Posted By: Phil
Wednesday, 6 June 2001, at 12:12 p.m.

In Response To: Re: paint removal (Charlie)

Paint remover is available for removing paint from any kind of surfaces. You can purchase them in small cans or in gallons. Some paint remover works better than others. The thicker the paste, the faster it works on paint. Expect to pay $19 for a gallon of paint remover. You will find them in the paint department of your local hardware or paint store.If you are only removing paint from wood surfaces, avoid the type of paint removers that have dual purposes. These types remove varnish as well as paint from wood surfaces. Brush on the thick paste with a paint brush on the painted area and leave standing for 5 - 10 minutes. The paint will bubble up after that time and you can use a putty knife to scrap off the paint. Use a plastic putty knife to prevent damaging the wood surface. After scraping off the paint, hose down any remnant of the loose paint from the surface. (Don't use a water hose inside the house.) Paint spots may be sanded down with a medium-coarse sandpaper. Allow the wood to dry before repainting. Don't let the paste stand too long on the wood surface otherwise the paint bubbles will harden. Remember to wear protective face masks and/or gloves when using paint removers. If the surface area you are trying to repaint contains few blisters and peels, it may be easier to scrap off the paint that is peeling off and apply wood filler. Then sand down the wood filler and repaint the entire area. Use exterior wood filler for exterior wood surfaces.

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