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Re: removing paint

Posted By: Jim Cole (64-40-66-123.dialup.mebtel.net)
Date: 11/12/2 07:55

In Response To: removing paint (Julie Cooke)

Unless you have the time and equipment to fume the paint with various chemicals to test for one that will remove the paint without harming anything else you are going to have to use methods which will do some damage. The damage can be minimized by using a 50/50 mix of denatured alcohol and lacquer thinner. Use clean cotton cloth dipped in this mix and rub the paint off, changing to a clean surface on the rag as it getss dirty. Do not soak the paint as that can drive the paint into the wood. If you do this carefully you should end up with a pice with the patina intact, needing only to be topcoted.

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