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Nitromors, tips please!

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shufflebum Thu 05-Jun-14 22:46:51

The beams in our cottage have been stained and are almost black. Sandblasting is not an option and our builder says Kling strip etc is rubbish and to only use Nitromors.
I understand it's a horrible job, I need decent gloves, a wire brush and time, any other tips please?!

wowfudge Thu 05-Jun-14 23:18:39

Having stripped a painted cast iron fireplace with it and numerous rim locks I've restored it is not a job I would want to do.

Ventilation and protection for the floor. I would seriously consider paying someone to do it for you.

agnesgrey Thu 05-Jun-14 23:41:32

You will also need open windows and possibly a face mask. It is nasty stuff - corrosive , and the fumes are horrid - but it works . If the beams are overhead get a ladder , do it from above so drips don' t fall on you .

Would agree with Wowfudge - if you have a choice - this is a job worth paying for . If you don't , you can do it , but just understand it is not a nice job . Nitromors is very fumey and you do not want a drop on your skin .

That said I stripped staircase at 6mths PG with Nitromors grin

Worksallhours Thu 05-Jun-14 23:57:42

I stripped our staircase with nitromors, and I would say that kitchen towel was invaluable for removing gunk from tools and also the wood itself.

I also found that using a -- oh, what the heck do you call them? -- long metal thing with a three sided chisel-type triangle on the end (you can tell my dad gave it to me) was the best for removing the resultant gunk from flat-planed wood. I found that a wire brush just kinda messed it all around. A small paint brush is also very useful for corners.

You also need a lot of ventilation, and I would probably think about investing in a decent mask for the job if I were to do it again, and also goggles. You do not want that stuff in your eyes.

Oh! And do watch your timings. There does seem to be a point when the paint is most pliable and if you go over that, it proves the paint back onto the wood again to some extent.

Just a thought here ... could you have your beams sanded instead? It would create a lot of dust, but wouldn't you need to sand them after the nitromors anyway?

agnesgrey Thu 05-Jun-14 23:59:46

You will need
scrapers ,
wire wool
Gloves (multiple )
long sleeve top
face mask
lots of newspaper for drips
lots of bin bags (all residue / rubbish ) will need double bagging at least

I've done it . PM me if you need to . It's not a great job but doable if you need to .


agnesgrey Fri 06-Jun-14 00:03:39

x posted with Worksallhours
She is right with Kitchen towel and also the tool with the triangular thing in the end ! Also buy a big pack of cheap paint brushes for applying .
Good luck grin

scarletforya Fri 06-Jun-14 00:06:14

Ventilation. Patience.

agnesgrey Fri 06-Jun-14 00:07:03


I think this is the thing

Anyway Good Luck Shuffle x

Worksallhours Fri 06-Jun-14 00:49:42

agnes ...

Yes! A shave hook!

carlajean Fri 06-Jun-14 10:05:26

I tried stripping a cast iron fireplace with it recently and found it absolutely useless. The old stuff was vicious but worked but recently they took out the ingredient that made it work so that now you might as well spread swarfega over your eams. In the past I painted horrible black beams with cream matt paint. Much easier and makes them 'disappear'

shufflebum Fri 06-Jun-14 18:13:31

Thanks for all your tips, I had a quick go today while I had an hour free and didn't find it too hideous but definitely time consuming.
I also by chance dug out the shave hook to help as didn't have a wire brush. My main issue is that underneath the black appears to be quite a reddy orange stain! Not the look I was after! Will be having a chat with our builder to see if he can very very gently sandblast them as otherwise I fear I'll be there til next year if I have to get 2 colours off!

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