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Re: Dry stripping/scraping layers of paint

Posted By: James Schooley <furnitureissues@earthlink.net> (0-1pool247-151.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 9/4/5 12:48

In Response To: Dry stripping/scraping layers of paint (Steve Horn)

The first issue with this method will be to test the paint for lead, a test kit can be found in paint and hardware stores. The slow process will be best as too much force will remove more paint than is prudent. The next thing to consider is the ability of the first coat of paint to hold to the wood surface. My choice is to use wet dry sand paper of various grits, water, and a bunch of towels to slowly grind down to the color you want to reveal. With the wet/dry sand paper you reduce the exposure to any lead paint. You will also find that a slower and safer procedure will work best. You may need to touch-up some bare spots but you will have less mistakes than with a scraper. As for the scraper, a furniture scraper will work best, or a good clean break on a piece of glass, to shave micro fine layers of paint. But even with a scraper, the irregular surfaces will be difficult with out sand paper or steel wool. Lastly coat with dewaxed shellac to seal any lead paint and bring back a sheen and even out the hazy areas.

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