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Paint/varnish remover recommendations?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Sharpey, 18 Sep 2013.

  1. Sharpey

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    Hello all :)

    I have a fair few door frames that need stripping of their paint. I'm concerned they may contain lead in the paint layers, so I'm reluctant to use my heat gun. I understand using a paint stripper is supposed to be a safer method. Having read up on chemical strippers, it seems they are pretty naff nowadays as they have 'gone green'.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a good one that you can just paint on as normal (I've read up on the peel-away ones that need blankets and so on but I'm not keen on that just yet).

    Also, the top paint layer is likely water based with the coats underneath oil based, does this matter or will a stripper work on all types of paint?

    Thanks for any help.
     
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    You could have a go with gun wash/universal thinners - available from all good automotive car shops/paint shops. You wont find it in Helfrauds or chavvy motor factors though. It's about £18 for a gallon, seems to (eventually) soften up any paint other than 2 pack stuff. It'll eat through your latex/vinyl/nitrile gloves though, which you will be wearing right?!?! Use a couple of pairs and change them regularly. It's liquid though, not like nitromors so maybe not so good on a vertical surface.

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    Thanks Nozzle. Sounds interesting, but a bit heavy duty :eek: Not sure how I would source it tbh, I'm more looking for personal experience of regular paint strippers. Back in the day a tin of Nitromors would have done the job but not any more it would appear.

    Why can't my sister just paint everything white :rolleyes:
     
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    I saw that earlier. It says you have to mix it with something to make it an effective paint stripper. I'm going to give that miss as it's a bit over my head, might end up burning the house down.

    Thanks.

    Have you used this personally? Any thoughts?

    Also, is this a job a decorator or tradesman would do? If the price isn't crazy I'd much rather just let someone else do it.
     
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    To be honest I dont think many "Tradesmen" would be interested in coming and JUST stripping a few door frames.
    It appears you do not want to spend a lot of money yourself,

    So would it be a worthwhile paying job for a "Tradesman" to undertake ?
     
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    I don't know, which is why I'm asking. I wouldn't know if it's a job someone would do and if so who would do it and for how much.

    Money isn't a huge deal, I don't know how much something like that would cost, so as long as it wasn't absurd money it's something I would look at. Ultimately, replacing the frames/stair parts in the house might end up being an option because it could turn out underneath the paint it's all knackered anyway.

    So I'm just considering options at the moment, starting with stripping it myself with a good paint stripper.
     
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