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stripping polyurethane paint

Posted by Bruce M on June 13th, 1998 05:22 PM
In reply to Help! Trying to strip polyurethane paint. What do I do? by Abby on June 12th, 1998 04:56 PM [Go to top of thread]

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Hi Abby
Yes, you can strip this paint, but if the surfaces were prepared properly as it was being painted, it may be a slow process.

How you strip it depends on what you plan on doing with it once you are finished stripping it. If you want the natural wood to finish, your job will be much more difficult and time consuming.

I personally like to use a heat gun. This will bubble up the paint allowing you to use a stiff blade putty knife to push-scrape the loosened paint off the surface. But care must be taken not to hold the heat gun in one spot too long and burn the wood. For the spots that the paint will not bubble up, you will need to use a chemical stripper applied to these areas and then scraped by hand. If natural finish is what you want, you will have to detail scrape after getting most of the old paint off, probably using and exacto-type knife or old dental scrapters. If painting is what you want to ultimately do, you can leave the little paint points, sand it all flat (using a random orbital sander is best), wipe down, prime and apply finish paint.

hope this helps you


Bruce M

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