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?


12:02PM | 08/01/04
Member Since: 12/27/02
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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 we did similar work.

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


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

Alter Eagle Construction & Design


05:28PM | 12/23/06
Member Since: 12/22/06
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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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