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Easiest way to strip paint?

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OhYouBadBadKitten Mon 18-Feb-13 20:04:38

We are going to be decorating soonish and need to strip off paint from woodwork and a radiator. My usual approach is just to paint over it, but I fear that this wont do this time.

Dh has what I think is a bonkers idea of sanding it all (off a door and skirting boards?????) I think chemicals are the way to go, but what about a heat gun. House is 1950s or 60s (can't remember which!), so there might be lead underneath.


PigletJohn Wed 20-Feb-13 23:53:54

And gloves.

Or bloodstains.

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 21-Feb-13 10:35:55

Gardening gloves!!
Mind you it's fine wire wool, so it might not be up to the job.....

PigletJohn Thu 21-Feb-13 11:33:07

you won't strip the paint off a radiator, all you can do is rub the surface smooth and take off the gloss for repainting.

OhYouBadBadKitten Thu 21-Feb-13 13:16:25


I've discovered that there are patches where the paint has decided to already lift from the skirting board right back to bare wood!!! So I can just sit there and idly pull off chunks. The original paint seems to be pale green and nothing like modern paint.

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