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Re: Paint-over restoration

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-101.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 1/25/4 15:24

In Response To: Paint-over restoration (Joseph H. Summerour)

I have had some luck with this sort of thing by way of fueming the paint loose. A strong solvent such as lacquer thinner or acetone may work on oil base paint. Alcohol is all that you need with laytex, also as a safer rinse after fueming with a stronger solvent. The way to proceed is to enclose the object, and a dish of the solvent in a container like a plastic storage tub, an aquarium turned upside down works well since you can see how things are progressing. After an hour or so open the container remove the object you are stripping and while held paint side down use a spatula and pair of tongs, gently slide the paint on to news paper. Return to the container and resume the process until all the paint has been lifted off, try not to smear the paint, patience will pay off here. Once you have done all that the fueming can do you may want to test with a mild solvent such as paint thinner or alcohol to rinse off any remaining paint film.

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