08:23AM | 07/14/05
Member Since: 07/29/04
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I was washing down my woods stairs, and I started on the banister, I was rubbing pretty hard, and the top layer of dark finish starting coming off, if was gumming. It revealed a layer of paint ( I don't think its stain) the best description I can give of the color is pencil yellow. I got a low abrasive scotch brite pad and it revealed the wood underneath!! I was so excited to see it! This is what I wanted anyway. So my question is, how can I continue to removed the paint and stain, will a stripper hurt the wood because it is beautiful. It took me a half hour to reveal a small spot of wood.

And if you are wondering what ate through it, it was Murphy's oil soap.


10:25PM | 07/14/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
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The murphys ate through the top layer because it is probably latex paint.

the yellow under it is likely oil-base & if it dates to the era of lead content in paint, there are health concerns regarding its removal.

Inquire at a paint store re the available products, & methods for use.

Set aside several days or weeks of spare time for the project.

Experiment with different brands of remover & methods. Often the original finish is shellac, & alcohol or lacquer thinner will disolve it along with bits of residual paint.


10:30PM | 07/14/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
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