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Paint stripper v hot air gun

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Tigerjones, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. kensalriser

    kensalriser pfm Member

    Having a job you really don't want to do is a great way of getting loads of little jobs done. Self-help/pop psychology theory posits you should always do the biggest job first, but for anyone of sound mind the clear and obvious reward for doing the big job is a pass on all the others.
  2. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    Chemicals for the fiddly little crannies, but a good old-fashioned paraffin blowlamp for the bulk. Needs a bit of practice to avoid burning stuff to a cinder, but there's much pleasure to be had in priming the blowlamp up with meths (Ah! The Smell!), pumping it up, then getting a roaring flame going. Old paint doesn't stand a chance.
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  3. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    mainly hot air gun for larger surfaces. Decent shave hooks for the shape of surface you are stripping. I have two triangular ones, on with flat edges for flat surfaces and another with various different curved surfaces for more intricate surfaces.

    Keep the blades of the shave hook clean.

    I just did a door frame with a heat gun and spoke shaves - managed to get in all the intricate mouldings, which were all parallel.

    on a more complex object like a ceiling rose, I'd get straight for a chemical stripper
  4. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs pants up, knee down

    We had all the 7 internal doors 'dipped' by a company (in acid I guess)
    They came up looking amazing, then I treated them with clear neutral danish wood oil.
    (the doors are approx 120 years old.)
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  5. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    some doors are worth doing that way. Others are not. My brother had what he thought were 4 >100 year old doors stripped, only to discover they weren't that old, and the stripping process ruined all the doors.
  6. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

    Yes, I had this done too, and you're right, our door looked terrific also - every scrap of paint and crud removed. When you do it yourself, getting the last little flakes out of moulding's a real pain.
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  7. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Definitely stripper. I tried the hot air gun, and it damages what's under the paint. Useless.
  8. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    I think Danish oil is a great way to finish wood.
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  9. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    didn't damage anything on the door frames i recently stripped. Only time i have scorched then underlying wood is through my mistakes. You need to be gentle and keep the gun moving at the perfect distance for what ever you are stripping. This takes practice and skill.
  10. dweezil

    dweezil pfm Member

    Took me a day to blow torch my first door so hired a decorator; he made such a charred mess of his first door that i terminated his employment.

    Later found out he burnt down a house across the valley when a bit of burning paint dropped through the floorboards and found some dust.

    Light sand and a fresh coat of paint worked well, varnished pine would have been out of fashion by now anyway.
  11. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Yeah, these days I'd remove the skirting and get it dipped.
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  12. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    Sod all the hassle, just put another coat on over the top.
    mandryka likes this.
  13. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    I’m am kind of hoping I can leave it as wood with a bit of effort. There are many coats of paint to get through.
  14. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Getting it stripped by a dipping outfit probably cheaper than buying enough stripper gel. Not to mention your own time/effort. While the door(s) are away you can be getting on with other aspects of the project. When they come back, a light sanding and a finish of your choice.

    I am recent convert to Danish Oil on some Oak wood frames of my older (1785!) windows. They look beautiful now.
  15. matt j

    matt j pfm Member

    I'd like to see PJ taking his staircase to the dipper's. Netflix series awaits.
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  16. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    remove words 1,5 and 6. Replace 5 and 6 with suitable rude description of fantasy figure.

    1 glass of wine too many already. :)
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  17. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss


    The staircase will not be going near a dipper. How do you even take a staircase anywhere?
  18. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member


    Chemical strippers can cause lead to migrate from paint into the wood. It’s not safe to sand chemically stripped wood,and it’s not safe to oil finish chemically stripped wood that was previously coated in lead paint if young children might ever come into contact with it. F$ck$ing lead paint is an environmental nightmare and it seems that the UK lags behind the US in recognizing this.

    The paint companies should have been forced to pay for remediation but they were too well connected politically.
  19. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Step by step?
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  20. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Haha. Excellent.

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