Paint on Wood

Updated on June 03, 2009
T.D. asks from Brighton, CO
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Hey mama's!
Does anyone have any good tricks on how to get paint off of wood trim and doors??

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answers from Boise on

Try magic erasers, but try it on a hidden spot first.



answers from Denver on

I had the same problem, mine was on stained wood trim. What I did was to get some paint thinner and some rags and dont forget the rubber gloves and more than anything else lots of elbow grease. Make sure the house is well ventilated as these fumes are very strong. At the end of the day, my trim was still stained with little damage remaining from the paint. You might also talk to an "expert" at a hardware store too. Good Luck!!



answers from Colorado Springs on

I am taking paint off of my cupboards right now. I am using Citristrip which is a paint and varnish remover. Of course you would want to make sure that you have the right product for your job, so I would read the label before you buy it just to make sure. I bought it at Walmart (in the stain and paint section of course) for about $12 for a 32 oz. bottle. So far, I am very impressed! I just bought a cheap paint brush and brushed it's a gel and it works best if you pour it in to a coffee can for use. When I am not using the paintbrush I wrap it in foil so it doesn't dry out. Let the stuff sit there for at least a 1/2 hour, and then scrape it off with a paint scraper. I have to admit that I used a butter knife at one point to get into the tight spots. Really follow all of the directions, like about hand and eye wear protection because it's really powerful stuff...doesn't smell like it though. Don't buy the one in the spray can. It's a waste of money. It doesn't cover a large area, gets clogged easily, and makes a mess. This stuff will want to make you remove paint everywhere! My Mom used this on her banister and was very happy with it. This is easiest to do with kids asleep and animals outside, just because I was so afraid that someone was going to touch the stuff! Way better than sanding! Oh, I also just wiped down anything I took paint off of with a sponge and water in the end. It just gets the last bit of "gunk" off. Have fun!!



answers from Salt Lake City on

What kind of paint? What's the finish on the trim and doors? It really depends on the materials. I do have some suggestions if you tell me what paint and what finish, though...

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