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Paint removal from interior masonry

Posted by Bill MacLeod on August 13th, 2000 02:00 PM

I am struggling to remove a single (but thick) layer of white latex paint over a slate/flagstone and mortar wall in my dining room. Wet sandblasting seems out of the question. I have tried solvents, but -- as noted by others on this board -- it is slow and messy. (Actually, I don't mind messy so much, but don't have time for slow.) I picture in my mind a wet or dry sandblaster modeled on the heliarc welder configuration -- a central sandblasting nozzle with a circular vacuum tube around it to immediately pull back the sand, water, and paint chips. Maybe someone will invent one. Meanwhile, are there any suggestions as to how to get the paint off? (BTW: I am appalled that the former owner painted the stone in the first place!)
Any ideas would be sincerely appreciated.

Bill MacLeod

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