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Removing Paint

What is the best way to remove paint from doors? The doors have been painted with a flat paint over a semi gloss paint. Thank you

Re: Removing Paint

I have read this one article on how to remove door paint with chemical strippers. I got it from azwoodman.com.

Chemical Paint Strippers: Step by Step

1. Prep your work area. If you're stripping inside, make sure your ventilation is adequate. Put down newspapers to catch the mess. Again, wear old clothes, long sleeves, goggles and rubber gloves.
2. Apply the stripper. Pour some stripper into a wide-mouthed container. With a cheap or worn-out natural-bristle brush, paint it thickly on the workpiece. Brush only in one direction, and go slow to minimize splashes. If you're working on a large piece with fast stripper, do one part at a time one side of a wooden chest, for example. To improve a slow stripper's performance, cover the piece with a plastic (poly) sheet or seal it in a plastic garbage bag.

3. Wait for the bubbles, then sc**** off the finish. When the finish has softened, it will form bubbles and wrinkles and pull away from the wood surface. That's when you start scraping. Apply more stripper in areas where this loosening hasn't occurred. Note: Latex paints don't always bubble; let the stripper work awhile, then test for softened paint with your sc****r.

Sc**** flat surfaces with a putty knife and contours with a molding sc****r. Use an awl or probe and a toothbrush to get into tight spaces. Use a fistful of dry wood shavings to scour complex surfaces; shavings also absorb leftover stripper. To remove finish from the crevices of lathe-turned legs, pull twine back and forth as if shining your shoes. Keep those goggles on: the gunk will fly.

Don't sc**** too hard where finish is reluctant to come off. You can always apply a second coat.

4. Rinse and smooth the wood. Citristrip makes a wash with a mineral spirit base that removes chemical residue. Soak a fresh scrub pad with it and wash the piece thoroughly. This stuff puts out a lot of vapor, so ensure good ventilation and use your goggles and gloves.

Let the wood dry and smooth it with very fine sandpaper or steel wool before you put on the new finish. Look closely for areas that need attention: loose veneer and holes that need patching, for example.

5. Clean up the mess. While the mixture of stripper and old finish is wet, it's hazardous. Let your slime-covered newspapers dry in the open air before you bag them.

The safe DBE- and NMP-based strippers take a long time to dry. Find a place where your safe-stripper-based mess can dry out without the risk of a child or pet getting into it: perhaps an open-topped cardboard box in your attic or up in the rafters of your garage.

Check with your local hazardous-waste office to see if you can add the stuff to your ordinary trash.

Many municipalities require that you take old paint, cans, residue, solvent and the like to a special disposal facility.

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