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slynn21

04:18PM | 07/30/04
Member Since: 07/29/04
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I'm sure the answer to this is going to be "lots of hard work." But I am always hopeful. I live in a house built in the early 1900's. The staircase is the orginal wood, solid and extremely thick. It has been painted at least 4 times and every time, no primer. So of course, it is peeling off like a huge sunburn in some places. Same thing with the front door and the baseboard molding. Having lost an animal to chemical exposure, I am very hesistant about using a chemical stripper, which I know is the quickest way. I am also not sure about trying to take the stair case apart, I don't want to ruin it. I have used Ready Strip in the past, but you have to use so much of it and it is rather expensive. I am torn between peeling off what I can with a scraper, sanding, priming and painting or restoring it all to its natural beauty. Has anybody out there found a easy, non chemical way to do this?

Altereagle

12:02PM | 08/01/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts
Take it apart & send it to a profesional stripping company, they have bins the can dip the treads & risers into the same as doors etc.

That way you'll be able to tighten up the wedges into the stingers, use the new glues & screws and get the best results, and you won't need to deal with the caustics, just the carpentry.

One of our heritage award winners was this project http://www.altereagle.com/Heritage_1.htmlwhere we did similar work.

http://www.altereagle.com/

http://decks-ca.com

http://kingofcrown.com

Alter Eagle Construction & Design

Altereagle

12:04PM | 08/01/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
545 lifetime posts
...oops the site is getting too huge :) here is the link if you wanted to look?

http://www.altereagle.com/Heritage_1.html

http://www.altereagle.com/

http://decks-ca.com

http://kingofcrown.com

Alter Eagle Construction & Design

paintbusters

05:28PM | 12/23/06
Member Since: 12/22/06
1 lifetime posts
I have much better way to strip a staircase-a story in about 4 afternoons- but it does involve using chemicals. A person must use a safe method, venting, etc. I am sorry to hear of your lost animal. In doing ap;prox 400 staircases, we have never hurt an animal. (but we did have one homeowner go skating down a staircase...A guy caught her.
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