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post #1 of 9 Old 08-11-2012, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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I have recently bought a cedar chest that someone decided that it needed painted I am now in the process of stripping of the paint I have 3 different types of strippers none of them really take the paint off any suggestions I was thinking of using a belt sander but dont want to mess up the cedar thanks in advance
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-11-2012, 12:10 PM
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What strippers have you tried?
The strongest is one with methylene chloride. Better use it outdoors.
I've had good luck with a citrus stripper.
Most strippers will take a layer at a time. Several apps will be needed.
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Use the methyl chloride one, they work the best. Do it outdoors, wear heavy rubber gloves and eye protection. Have a bucket of clean water with rags for wiping off any that you happen to get in your skin. Use a good putty knife or 5 in 1 tool to scrape. Apply a liberal amount, let it do it's thing, scrape, repeat. It will take a while, be patient. There will still be paint in the grain when you are done. Make sure to give it a good rinse/wipedown when done. Then go and sand when dry. Good luck.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Other than a good MC based stripper, a heat gun and a scraper works well.





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So far I have used Formbys,Jasco premium,and crown stripper in an aresol can
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Jasco is what I used to use. This was close to 20 years ago so not sure if formula has changed. I sort of remember you can over work it. Brush it on, let it sit until it bubbles up the paint and scrape.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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So far I have used Formbys,Jasco premium,and crown stripper in an aresol can
If a heat gun and scraper doesn't work, and you have to use a stripper, try "Aircraft Stripper" in a blue can. It's available at auto paint and body supply stores.





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Don't worry too much about sanding either. Sanding will actually release more of the natural oils that give that pleasant smell inside a cedar chest.

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Stripping paint is no fun even with a commercial remover. The best retail remover I've used is Kleen Strip. It is a semi-paste remover that clings pretty well to verticle surfaces. It is available at the box stores and even Walmart. Paint normally comes off one layer at a time. I would work fairly small areas at a time. The thing to do is keep the area you are working wet with remover until a layer is ready to come off. Then use a broad knife and scrape off what you can and then re-apply some fresh remover and go for the next coat. Eventually you will get down to bare wood and when it seems to be ready in the entire area use a brass brush and lightly scrub it. Then scrape as much off as you can with the broad knife and rince with water. If you have access to a power washer that you can adjust the pressure down this will help get the remover off and the haze of the liquified paint residue left behind. The pressure needs to be as low as you can get it or you may damage the wood. I use one that only has about 1000psi and I don't get the nozzle too close to the wood. You should be able to get more than 90% of the paint off.
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