06:14PM | 09/12/02
Member Since: 09/11/02
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My husband and I are thinking about buying a "fixer-upper" with multiple problems that we can fix or hire someone to fix. But one problem we wonder if it's a deal buster. The previous owner smeared white paint over a lot of the wood window frames and stair rail. He was foreclosed on and I guess angry at the bank. I've stripped furniture before and it was a bear and I think windows would be worse because you can't move them around to make it easier. Does anyone have a suggestion as to the best way to handle this? Are there people who do this kind of work?


08:25AM | 09/15/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
If just want to paint - then no big deal.

If you want to retore the stain, then how extensive the damage is depends on the condition of the woodwork when the paint was smeared on it.

Was the woodwork painted or stained before? Do you want to paint or stain?


02:05PM | 09/15/02
Member Since: 09/11/02
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It was stained before and I'd prefer to keep it that way.


03:40AM | 09/17/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If this woodwork is not anything particularly fancy or expensive, you might consider simply replacing it. It shouldn't be too expensive or difficult. Then, you can finish it as you please.


02:19PM | 09/20/02
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
If there was a good coat of varnish or poly it might come off with some elbow grease using a scotch pad.

I doubt this is the case, though.

You can try peel-away. It works well. Be sure to follow directions.

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