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How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Hey there

I wonder if anyone has any great success stories with removing old paint from wood. Sanding is working, but is leaving my hands very sore and dry, and there are a lot of fiddly parts to the wooden item that has the paint on it. Are there any natural remedies that can soften old paint, that you know to have been successful?

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Old 25.12.2012, 01:30
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Heat gun/hot air pistol - should include a paint scraper amongst the accessories.
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Old 25.12.2012, 01:44
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Are there any natural remedies that can soften old paint
There are various chemical solutions which will ease the process, but the heat gun is probably the best. As for 'natural' remedies I doubt nature has provided anything suitable as paint isn't a particularly natural substance - happy to be proved wrong though.
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Thanks both.

I'm trying soaking it in boiling hot soapy water followed by scraping with a knife (repeated 5 times now).

I'll leave it to dry overnight, then try to get the remainder with the sandpaper.

I probably have further nightmares ahead of me when I try to dismantle it to remove the paint from the screws and whatnot, too.
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Why can't you use simple paint stripper? You can take the left over mess to the special depot for chemical disposal in your Gemeinde / Commune.
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

It's a small item of furniture with 2 layers of paint on it. Stripper could damage the wood.
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

I always use this one, paint it on, wait until the paint makes blisters, scrape off and wash the rest away.

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I always use this one, paint it on, wait until the paint makes blisters, scrape off and wash the rest away.
Where do you buy it?

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Where do you buy it?

Tom
I buy it in the Jumbo.

RICO also have a powder to clean the surface of the paint, that is very good.
It is good to clean dirt, nicotine stains and refresh old paint.

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Thanks both.

I'm trying soaking it in boiling hot soapy water followed by scraping with a knife (repeated 5 times now).

I'll leave it to dry overnight, then try to get the remainder with the sandpaper.

I probably have further nightmares ahead of me when I try to dismantle it to remove the paint from the screws and whatnot, too.
That is just nuts! You can't put it in hot water. Keep wood away from water.
Heat gun plus scraper plus power sander and you are done. Or paint stripper plus sander, no water. To get dust off, just use a clean soft rag. Sand it with 80 or 100 grit, then 150, then 220 and it is ready to be repainted.
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I always use this one, paint it on, wait until the paint makes blisters, scrape off and wash the rest away.

Salut Zmma

Thanks for the thoughtful post and pic
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That is just nuts! You can't put it in hot water. Keep wood away from water.
Heat gun plus scraper plus power sander and you are done. Or paint stripper plus sander, no water. To get dust off, just use a clean soft rag. Sand it with 80 or 100 grit, then 150, then 220 and it is ready to be repainted.
Can you explain why the water is a problem? It would be helpful to have context, rather than just the outrage.
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Water damages the wood. Deforms it, causes cracks, raises the grain,

Here is something to read:

http://woodtools.nov.ru/books/Unders...d_Finishes.pdf

The amount of time you spent on this is mind boggling. If you don't want to bother with a paint stripper or heat gun, just sand it with 60 grit, then 100, 150 and 220. A power sander does not cost very much. 60 grit should take it down to bare wood.

What exactly are you trying to do? You don't really need to strip all the paint off before repainting anyway.
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Thank you for the helpful link.

I do not want to repaint it - I want to strip it back to being wood, as it's very charming (but ruined by the horrible paint).
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Then you should strip it and varnish it. It will look very nice. But you need to take Paint off completely
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Hopefully, it will all come off. Lots is now off, but I still have to tackle the nooks and crannies, and I will have to unscrew it, I guess, so I can make sure it's all off before reconstructing it and varnishing.
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Does anyone have a successful means of removing tough screws from wood (that does not require supersonic amounts of strength and effort)? They are quite paint strewn and old, so the grooves are not so defined.
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Does anyone have a successful means of removing tough screws from wood (that does not require supersonic amounts of strength and effort)? They are quite paint strewn and old, so the grooves are not so defined.
In situations like this, I normally take a smaller flat head screwdriver and a hammer and gently "tap out" the slot as to get the maximum of paint. Then, the trick is to use a flat head screwdriver that is the right size - at least the width of the slot and preferably that also fits the slot (you can not turn it in the slot). Then apply as much pressure as possible and turn at the same time.
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Re: How to strip old paint from wood - natural remedies?

Limonene is nature's paint stripper. You see it sold as orange oil too. However, I'm a chemist who HATES DIY, so I don't have any helpful links on where to buy it, I'm afraid.
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In situations like this, I normally take a smaller flat head screwdriver and a hammer and gently "tap out" the slot as to get the maximum of paint. Then, the trick is to use a flat head screwdriver that is the right size - at least the width of the slot and preferably that also fits the slot (you can not turn it in the slot). Then apply as much pressure as possible and turn at the same time.
Unfortunately, it's impossible to get most of them to turn, it seems.
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