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Re: Removing Paint from tin Trunk

Posted By: James Schooley (0-1pool246-80.nas2.sioux-city1.ia.us.da.qwest.net)
Date: 6/27/4 22:32

In Response To: Re: Removing Paint from tin Trunk (Charles Kolb)

You have a fairly stright forward project. I prefer the metholene chloride paint stripper, say TM 4, made by Old Masters, but all of this catagory are fairly effective. The point is to spend less time at stripping, it is so tedious, and the "safe" strippers just prolong one's exposure and test one's patience, since they tend to be slower. Any stripper will take comon paint off metal since it can't soak in, you have less to fuss over. The wood will clean off fast as well since it looks to be the original shellac. I think the trick will be to prevent the black paint from smearing into the grain as you get every thing gooey. Tape off the wood if this should occur, and strip the wood after all the paint is gone. I am restaining the metal on these trunks with a leather dye such as comes in a blotter bottle or with a dobber, made for shoes. The original paint was very thin and you can clear coat paint and all once the wood is stained. Here I use a oil stain, don't sand too severly so the patina is not lost. A satin lacquer such as Deft will work well, once the finish is dry, buff the wood parts with 0000 steel wool for contrast between the metal and the wood. Inside I suggest you find a paper that looks fairly close to the original if you want to redo that also. I am using a steam iron to loosen the paper with the hot mist only, don't touch with the metal face of the iron. the steam will allow you to gently lift the fragil paper from the trunk, if too fragile cut around the fancy parts and them steam them off with the backing paper included. Take these pieces to a print shop and have them copied on good paper with water resistant ink and a slight gloss sheen. Make a couple extra in case you mess up or just want to send one to me, ha ha. You can paste them in with a vinyl wall paper paste once the primary paper is in. I like to find a fine pattern with a dominant stripe and not too much going on color wise. The womens trunks were quite gaudy by todays standards, but you will have to be the judge of what you feel is proper for your use, it's only paper.

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