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    Default Paint Stripper Recommendations

    Hi Team

    I have to strip six layers of alkyd paint off a glass-panelled exterior door scored from a local house undergoing renovation. Mrs T has literally had her eye on it for many years and it was finally replaced!

    The glass is full height and width with just the outer frame to strip, and I can't use a hot air gun because that would probably crack the glass, so chemical stripping is the only viable option.

    The first (oldest) five layers go back through 50+ years and are almost impervious to Ethylene Glycol stripper but the last coat was a skimpy effort and that bubbles and comes off easily.

    Even after overnight soaking, a silicon carbide scraper does not make a lot of progress, so I'm thinking that a more serious product may be needed. The underlying wood is light coloured with a nice grain and looks like Cedar or Oregon pine, possibly the latter for strength. We have a similar full glass interior door from a previous renovation at the same place and the timbers look the same.

    Any recommendations from experienced renovators?

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    Default Re: Paint Stripper Recommendations

    The coopers stuff is fantastic. Used it on all the wood paneling and frames in our house.
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    Default Re: Paint Stripper Recommendations

    What about a really grunty sander to get the bulk of paint off, or even a planer if the surfaces are suitable. A good cabinet maker shop should be able to do this in minutes for you.

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    Maybe you should also chip out the putty and reglaze the door too, and check whether the stiles etc need re-gluing. May as well do the job properly, as it will be too late if you finish things and then find the door is out of square.

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    Default Re: Paint Stripper Recommendations

    Tell Mrs T that it is full of borer and will have to be dumped!!!

    That will save you what sounds like hours of work Billy.

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    Default Re: Paint Stripper Recommendations

    I've hot air stripped windows using a metal baking slice to protect the glass from accidental blasts of air. Work so the airflow is towards the outer edge.

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    Default Re: Paint Stripper Recommendations

    When I did our large side windows last year ( or was it the year before Hmmmmm) anyway, after manageing to crack one glass pane ( insert swearing words) I ended up using a paint scraper. Cheap from any hardware store, really rips through the thick paint of any kind, needs a bit of elbow grease, but worked nice. Paint stripper was taking ages, even tried coopers (as its been mentioned) takes to long on large areas as well as you have a mess of chemical crap to clean up.

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    Default Re: Paint Stripper Recommendations

    one of those 3M wire wheels you attach to a drill, the one I'm thinking of is plastic of some sort. Have also used what Wainui linked too.
    http://www.mitre10mega.co.nz/shop/po...ripper_264027/
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    Default Re: Paint Stripper Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Maybe you should also chip out the putty and reglaze the door too, and check whether the stiles etc need re-gluing.
    Stiles are OK (thank heavens)

    I have paint scrapers for Africa, including a wide-blade Sandvic silicon carbide scraper with slightly curved blade that stops the edges digging in, and has a big knob at the business end so that you can apply real pressure.

    I thought about using the planer, but I'd have to take the glass out, and it is too heavy for one, but Mrs T's back is very bad at present so she can't lift anything.

    No putty anyway, it is held in by wooden beads that probably wouldn't survive removal.

    The scraper skids over the top like it is scraping glass (almost).

    Looked at Coopers, too B#&*dy expensive!

    I'll go get some Methylene Chloride

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