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post #1 of 8 Old 08-24-2008, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Floor handle wood restoration

Hello everyone!

It's a really nice forum you have here, until today I wouldn't have imagined such a forum existed. Too bad I've come here for the reason below. No worries though, I'm optimistic that with your help it will be like new again with minimal effort.



How did such a thing happen, you ask? I guess I'll never know, it was done by vandalistics who obviously had no respect for property.

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1. Attempt to remove paint residue with enamel paint thinner and a cloth.
2. If step 1 does not work, proceed to sanding the stained area with 180 grit sand paper until stains are removed (if possible).
3. Clean work area, mask metal parts, wall and any other areas which will not be painted.
4. Paint area with wood lacquer using brush or a small roller. Repeat for about 2-3 coats, as necessary to acheive similar appearance to the rest of the clean wood area.

Well, not every job can be fun and rewarding, but I gotta do it.

I sincerely appreciate any support. Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-24-2008, 11:40 PM
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Welcome to the forum. If it were my project to do, I would sand the stain out of the wood. But that me. Before you start sanding, wait for some more oppions. And you will get more than one. There are some guys and gals on here who know far more than me. Good Luck.

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Thanks. As a car detailing guy we have a saying: always use the least invasive method. Start with a mild approach (cleaning in this case), see if it works. If not, gradually use a more agressive approach (sanding) until the job is done. I actually tried cleaning the stains with dish soap, it removed only the loose paint but nothing more.

I'll wait a few hours and then do some work on this.
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Thanks. As a car detailing guy we have a saying: always use the least invasive method. Start with a mild approach (cleaning in this case), see if it works. If not, gradually use a more agressive approach (sanding) until the job is done. I actually tried cleaning the stains with dish soap, it removed only the loose paint but nothing more.

I'll wait a few hours and then do some work on this.
Is the wood bare? The spray paint was sprayed onto bare wood, or is there a finish on the wood?

If there's a clear finish, you can lightly scrape the paint off of the finish with a razor blade or scraper blade. Then patch the finish with some wipe on oil or poly - whatever type of finish was used originally.

That would be my approach. I've had to get some dropped oil based paint off my wood floors and that's what I did and it worked out okay.
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I have to agree. I believe I'd start with the paint thinner as a start. You might even try using a little steel wool with the thinner.

When I'm trying to match an existing finish, I normally will take some wiping poly mixed with stain and start rubbing on thin coats. If you choose to try this method, select a stain that is slightly lighter and you'll get some darkening with every coat. The nice thing about wiping poly is you can generally rub on another coat in a few hours.
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your fix to the spray paint..

i agree with others...try the paint thinner first. i goof around with trying to get weird finishes off and on again and restoration of antiques and repainting them to look old again etc... somewhere along the lines i found two things to work in varying situations....
1. the good old aerosol can oven cleaner will take off alot of finishes...you could try spraying it into its cap and "paint" it onto the spots , let sit a short while and then scrape gently with a plastic spoon, may need to repeat
2. OR (and) ..good old denatured alcohol also softens up alot..do the same, trying to keep it off of the good finish.

good luck... creative novice
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Hello guys, I just wanted to thank you for the help, however it's irrelevant from now on. The wood just had to stay like this for others to decide how they want it. Just for fun, here's the info you asked for: justin2009, The wood is stained. What seemed to be sprayed on is actually brushed on paint which was partially removed. bradnailer, good approach. I've done this (with the steel wool), but this time had no luck. The thinner wasn't strong enough for this paint. I'm sure it would work wonders in other projects though. Rob, about 4 feet; I think. We use meteric here (maybe 1meter). creative novice, thanks for the tips. Peace out for now. :-)
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