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scousespark

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 11:31 am Reply with quote

I have a upvc window frame with scraps of old gloss and emulsion on it and I wanted advice on the best way to shift it.

The window has a mock woodgrain finish and I don't want to damage it.

What's the best option for getting rid of this paint?

Am I best using a fine glass paper to rub gently, or wood a paint remover do the job?

Any advice gratefully received.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 7:18 am Reply with quote

What colour is the plastic?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 1:11 pm Reply with quote

do the emulsion first, it is easy

you can soften it with meths. To prevent it running off or evaporating, mix it with washing up liquid, brush it on generously, flop over it with a piece of kitchen roll soaked in the mixture, cover it with cling film to stop it drying out.

The next morning it will probably come off when you rub it with the still-wet kitchen roll or a coarse cloth. A toothbrush can be used if needed. If you let it dry out it will go hard again.

Be aware that the woodgrain is just a patterned plastic film stuck to the plastic frame, so be careful not to damage or remove it
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 9:06 pm Reply with quote

Cheers for that John. I was not sure if this was something to worry about.
I'll try that tomorrow night and hopefully clen it up on Saturday morning.

LW, the frame is an oak clour. The windows were fitted about 3 years ago, when the original owner was doing the house up to sell. The window in question is in a box room and I want to use this as a study.

The owner appears to have used masking tape around the frame, but some of the paint (emulsion and gloss) has got under the tape and looks a bit messy. There are also a few streaks, where he has gone over the tape. There is not a massive amount to remove. I'm just wary of spoiling the frame.
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