How can I tell if a piece has been varnished or painted?
From around the house, use old credit cards, teaspoons, old flat-head screwdrivers, toothbrushes, etc. Many thanks, Douglas Evans. Its a difficult situation to rectify, because any removal product that you use will have an effect on the Varnish.
Hi one of our internal pine doors has been stripped using caustic soda. We have two great strippers on the website the first is the Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover , which is a fast working stripper that makes the paint bubble up to be scraped off.
We have sample sizes of our Peelaway Products which would be worth trying first. My Mim originally did this in the late 60s, early seventies but did then subsequently repainted it over the years so there will be some 40 odd years old paint underneath modern, which product would you recommend to strip it?
Water only for heat gun method ; unplug heater first! Chemical Strippers. Now you may use a very dangerous but easier method. Steam strippers use water vapor to soften paint without heating it above 212 degrees F, eliminating fire risks. Try softening the paint with a few drops of olive oil.
But always try a test area first with either product to ensure that you like the finish that you are going to achieve. I am please that you have enjoyed the blog post and if there is anything that I am able to help with please do let me know. Hi Sam, we have a Potton House built in 1984 which has dark brown beams throughout the house. Our expert has said that the only truly effective way to remove it is with some elbow grease and a scraper.
For a finishing product the Osmo Door Oil would be ideal. It is quicker but get ready to snuff out any flames. I hope you are able to get it sorted — Good Luck.
Have you tried the PeelAway Paint Remover? Or is that likely to damage the wood.