Friday, July 30, 2010

How To: Stripping Painted Furniture

I bought this stuff from Home Depot to strip my table.  It was $4 more than an equal strength counterpart because it is lower odor.   It's true, the smell isn't bad at all which was a pleasant surprise.
Also, it kinda sorta changes colors when its ready to strip.  

You simply paint it on and scrape it off with a plastic scraper.  Then (THE BEST TOOL I HAVE BOUGHT,) do a second coat and use a metal brush to remove residue, works like a charm.  

Now a few tips that should be super obvious.  Wear serious gloves and goggles.  If this stuff eats through paint in minutes, it will also eat your skin.  And for the record, long sleeves and pants are a good idea, or you will be running up the stairs from a small splatter to get to the sink.  Not that I know ;)

Lastly, work in small areas.  Whatever area you think you can do, cut it in half.  Once it dries it is harder to get off than just the paint.  Let the chemicals do the work, if it is resisting either its not done working or its had too long to dry.

I can't wait to show you the finished product.

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