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wood stain or varnish

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Chrisbarham, 24 Aug 2009.

  1. Chrisbarham

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    hi...

    i am in the process of doing up my stairs... basicly the previous owners have painted the stairs in white paint which i have been removing. However, no matter how hard i try there are certain areas where the paint seems too deep for me to sand out and there are other places which i just cant get too.

    It by no means a state it looks good, but i now want to stain it or varnish it a nice dark wood colour and be able to see the grain/texture of the wood.

    so what product should i use... i am worried that the areas with slight paint residue will be obvious, but i dont want to be sanding a scrapping to christmas...lifes too short
     
  2. joe-90

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    Stain over white paint looks hideous. It's not that far until Christmas.
     
  3. Johnmelad502

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    One way to remove ingrained paint is to use wire wool soaked in paint stripper. Remember to wear a mask and gloves when handling this and work in well-ventilated conditions.
     
  4. Katethemate

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    A decorator was telling me yesterday about a product that you lay on the paintwork, then cover with paper, leave for 24 hours and come back and the paper and all of the paint comes of in one go. He said a lot of furniture restorers use it but he couldn't remember the name of it. Might be worth checking out? I would be interested to know what it is and if anyone had used this method. Might work on the last bit of paint on the stairs?
     
  5. LindsayO

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    Kling Strip and Peel Away both use this method. I've not tried either. I'm just starting stripping my woodwork using a heat gun, but wondered about what I'd do if any little bits got left, as I'm also thinking about an old fashioned dark stain, rather than paint
     
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    I know this thread is old , but ...

    I tried porridge on painted wood (oil paint I guess) and painted plaster (unknown paint) and it did not work. Stick to eating it. Porridge that is, not paint.
     
  8. MartinSmith

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    Hi,

    I tried porridge on an old metal fireplace once as i'd heard the myth about it being used as a paint stripper. I just landed up with a horrible mess :(

    I used peelaway 7 for the newer top coats (about 20 layers of post 1980's paint) and then resorted to peelaway 1 for the deeper, older, lead based paints - they worked a treat stripping the whole thing back to the metal including in and around the decorative casting of the metal.

    I originally saw the thread on the MoneySaving expert forum and landed up buying the peelaway here...

    http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com/products/wood-finishes/wood-cleaners/peelaway-one.htm

    http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com/products/wood-finishes/wood-cleaners/peelaway-seven.htm

    Hope it helps.
     
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