Problems with Removing Paint on Spindles

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Forum topic by kyngfish posted 05-26-2018 10:25 PM 452 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2018 10:25 PM

Hi all,

I have a really old chair that I’m trying to refinish. I’ve tried using the citrus stripper, sanding, and even soda blasting, and the final 5% of the paint seems like it’s just going to be a real pain to remove, especially from the spindles (pictures below, excuse the mutt). The final goal is to repaint the chair with a decently smooth finish on the paint and I worry that the leftover paint is going to ruin the finish. I have TWO questions:

- Should i get a stronger stripper, or is there another method to get rid of the paint? The soda blasting can work, but the paint is so hard that it’s going to damage the grain. I was going to try glass beads, but I don’t really have space for a cabinet or setup big enough to recover the beads.

- Is a fairly smooth final finish realistic? I have a reasonably sized compressor (20 gal – 9ish CFM @ 90 PSI) – can someone recommend a “goldilocks” paint gun and a good method to achieve what I want?

I don’t mind investing in some tools, I have 4 unfinished chairs that need paint after this, so this is my training project.

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#1 posted 05-26-2018 11:50 PM

if you are asking what I would do ~ I would go with the aviation strength remover
that removes paint and epoxy and cleans up with mineral spirits. I like the gel vs the liquid.
start with the minimum strength and move up the ladder accordingly.
it is caustic and very tough on the skin – gloves and goggles required (not suggested).
stiff bristle nylon brush will knock that stuff right off.


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#2 posted 05-27-2018 12:41 AM

A painter recommended mineral spirits and steel wool. Worked for me.

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