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Old 28 February 2005, 11:22   #1
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Question What's best for stripping paint off skirting boards?

Our house has stripped floors and doors and I want to do the same to the skirting boards and door frames. I don't know how much paint is on them. What's the best way to strip them? I've heard of the chemical paint strippers. Are these safe to use indoors? Any recomendations?

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Old 28 February 2005, 12:23   #2
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Nitromorse is effective, but keep the windows open when you are using it
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Old 28 February 2005, 13:13   #3
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Blow torch/heat gun and scraper than chemicals for the final clean.
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Old 28 February 2005, 16:34   #4
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Another vote for Nitromors here.

Or was it nitroglycerin?

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Old 28 February 2005, 17:34   #5
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LOL.

I didn't really want to use a torch for getting rid of the paint as I was scared I would.

a) scortch the wood
b) scortch the floor/walls
c) Set fire to the house
d) Set fire to myself

Maybe a heat gun without the flames could work..

I'll look out for that Nitromorse..
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Old 28 February 2005, 19:07   #6
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there was something I saw on the discovery channel on some DIY proggie - it was like a powder you mix with water, paste it on the woodwork with a filling knife, then scrape the job lot off - paint and all. After they just washed the wood down to clear the chemicals.
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Old 28 February 2005, 21:09   #7
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Nitromorse is effective, but keep the windows open when you are using it
i third that!!
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Old 28 February 2005, 21:28   #8
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a qualified painter and decorator

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Old 28 February 2005, 22:36   #9
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there was something I saw on the discovery channel on some DIY proggie - it was like a powder you mix with water, paste it on the woodwork with a filling knife, then scrape the job lot off - paint and all. After they just washed the wood down to clear the chemicals.
We tried some stuff like that once.

It was crap.

Went back to the good old Nitromors

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Old 28 February 2005, 23:59   #10
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In all honesty, it's less work to simply replace the architraves and skirtings with new ones....chances are it'll look nicer as well.
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Old 01 March 2005, 00:22   #11
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2nd that , then wax the pine >> nice !!!!
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Agree with the above comments. You'll spend a small fortune on paint stripper, wire wool, rubber gloves, sandpaper etc, as well as days worth of effort to get them done properly. You'll get a much better finish and do the job in much less time if you simply remove the painted ones and replace with new ones.
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Old 02 March 2005, 09:24   #13
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My house is of an age that if you replaced the skirting boards you would then have to do some serious re-plastering to do.

I have been stripping skirting boards & a staircase recently with nitromoors. The staircase took about 30 hours in total to strip, it is a horrible job!

The waxing (Briwax) will have taken about 8 hours after I finish tonight, but the end result is nothing less than stunning, it looks like a piece of furniture.

Can you believe that you put the wax on with wire wool!! Try that on your car.
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Old 06 March 2005, 00:31   #14
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blowtorch for the easy access stuff, nitrostuff and stiff brush for the rest

or a new "no character" house
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Old 08 March 2005, 22:15   #15
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you're going to have to sand it no matter what so use a heat gun and then any scorch marks will get sanded off on the last bit.....or just paint the floors to match

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Old 23 March 2005, 02:08   #16
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a blond in a short skirt. it might take a while but better than watching paint dry
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Old 27 March 2005, 19:37   #17
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Agree with the above comments. You'll spend a small fortune on paint stripper, wire wool, rubber gloves, sandpaper etc, as well as days worth of effort to get them done properly. You'll get a much better finish and do the job in much less time if you simply remove the painted ones and replace with new ones.
I'll second that, I spend days removing gloss paint with a heat gun and then decided to replace the skirting .
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Old 28 March 2005, 10:49   #18
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Broken glass and a pair of gloves. Gloves for your hand.

My uncle stripped the wood in his house with sandpaper and broken glass.
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Old 28 March 2005, 12:47   #19
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Replacing is all very well, but we live in a house that's nearly 80 years old and I'd rather keep the original bits. The ones in the dinning room will be replaced, as they are horrible moden ones. I'll be looking for some high "period" type ones for there.

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Old 28 March 2005, 23:32   #20
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Replacing is all very well, but we live in a house that's nearly 80 years old and I'd rather keep the original bits. The ones in the dinning room will be replaced, as they are horrible moden ones. I'll be looking for some high "period" type ones for there.

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Then you have no option but to Nitromors them. Its the only way you will easily and safely remove all the paintwork. A good tip aswell is to rub down with sandpaper and then wire wool afterwards

................ and dont forget to re-prime the skirting befor you u/c and gloss
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Old 29 March 2005, 07:16   #21
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and don't use no more nails! just nail skirting boards on,if you ever want real wood floors,you will want the skirts off and the flooring under them for appearance
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Old 01 April 2005, 17:04   #22
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I was going to use No More Nails to attache the new skirting in the dinning room. It's got a tile floor already so I won't be putting anything else down on top. Nailing into brick is going to be difficult...
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................ and dont forget to re-prime the skirting befor you u/c and gloss
I was going to leave it natrual...
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