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Old 08-03-2010, 07:52 PM
 
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Part of my dining room has vertical wood panels on the walls. The previous owners painted them white, and I personally think it is way to white in there. They only put one coat of paint on it looks like, and for the main open sections of the wood, the paint comes off relatively easy with a heat gun.

However, where the panels meet eachother, seems rather difficult to get the paint off. The paint is embedded deep it seems like itd take forever to use a scraper.

Any helpful tips hints etc?















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Old 08-03-2010, 08:12 PM
 
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It looks like those joints may have been caulked. Have you tried any chemical paint stripper? Needle nose pliers and pulling it out of the cracks?
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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A set of pull down scrapers will take care of that. Here is one from sears;

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...&blockType=G18

Frank
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Old 08-04-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Start with heat (buy a heat gun) Get out as much as you can while being careful not to burn the surface. Use the low heat setting. Then try dry scraping the remainder with pull down scrapers. If that failes, use chemical stripper. Once the bulk of the paint is gone get a contour snader (Dremel makes one, but there are many decent brands). This is a sander with rubber bits that come in various shapes and you get little sandpaper tubes to cover the bits. This will remove any leftover paint bits. You may need to start with coarse sanpaper and work down if there is paint in the woodgrain. Otherwise, you can often start at 100 grit and then either leave it or go to 150. Somepeople got even finer, but I do nto think that is necessary.

Have fun.
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:18 PM
 
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Thanks for the advice.

LifeLong, I dont believe there is caulking, just a bit more paint build up.

Ive got a heat gun and used that with the main open sections of wood. I guess this is just going to be a bit time consuming. I have a chemical stripper, but I have to say Id rather not use it. Seems like its just adding to the pain in the ass this is and I would have to be extra careful with it and constantly rinsing teh brush in fresh water.

For now Ill have to order a pull down scraper that is more built for tiny areas. But ill try to use what I have for now w/ the heat gun.

Thanks again for the advice.
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Old 08-05-2010, 08:39 AM
 
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I have had some similiar situations. A heat gun is imperative, but you know that already.

I procured some tools- I do not know what they are called- from an arts & crafts store. The are used by either painters or sculpturs, I do not recall. But they are like specialized scrapers. You can get into some really narrow areas with them. And they do not cost very much at all.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:35 AM
 
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Part of my dining room has vertical wood panels on the walls. The previous owners painted them white, and I personally think it is way to white in there. They only put one coat of paint on it looks like, and for the main open sections of the wood, the paint comes off relatively easy with a heat gun.

However, where the panels meet eachother, seems rather difficult to get the paint off. The paint is embedded deep it seems like itd take forever to use a scraper.

Any helpful tips hints etc?














Hi BucsLose - were you able to find a trick to help complete your project? I have a vintage pool table with inlays that were painted with thick white paint and I'm having a hard time removing the paint from the small inlayed areas.

I used Citristrip natural paint remover and it worked nicely on the parts that are flush. I utilized a putty knife, steel wool and sand paper - the heat gun was not necessary.

The inlays I'm having a problem with run horizontal while the grain of the wood runs vertical. I've tried scraping, gouging with a 1/16" punch (the same size as the inlay) steel wool but I'm afraid of doing more damage than good.

Any help is appreciated, thanks in advance!
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