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jordan714

05:46AM | 03/22/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
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I started to remove paint from old wood doors in my house, and I have a little problem. At first it came off pretty easy, but after awhile I had all these little peices of paint stuck everywhere and paint stuck to the scrapper. It's mostly off, but I didn't expect it to be such a sticky mess. Is there something I can do differently on the rest of the doors to keep it cleaner???? I read something about mineral spirits ~ can I use that on the wood or is that just for the tools I'm using?

homebild

02:47PM | 03/24/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
694 lifetime posts
Mineral Spirits will only help if you have an oil based paint.

If you have shellac, lacquer, latex, or some other non-oil based paint or varnish product, mineral spirits will be quite useless.

The problem you are facing is that you probably have many layers of various type paints and finishes made up of different chemicals and materials. None of which have a universal solvent.

The 'best' solution is to scrape the paint and finishes off rather than to chemically strip it.

That is what professional furniture restorers do.
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