Removing paint from Art Deco dental cabinet


Old 03-08-16, 05:52 PM
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Question Removing paint from Art Deco dental cabinet

I purchased this vintage dental cabinet at a second hand furniture store. At some point in its history its original 1950's green was painted over with an off white/green. How can I remove the paint without damaging the original finish? The paint is easy to scratch off with your fingernail so it seems like it isn't impossible to do.

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Old 03-09-16, 03:19 AM
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Welcome to the forums Emilee!

That is going to be a difficult possibly impossible task IF the top paint is latex, you might be able to scrub it with denatured alcohol and remove the latex paint. It will require lots of elbow grease which you'll probably run out of
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Hope you do not mean just remove the top layer of paint and leave the original finish, if so I agree that's not going to happen.
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I agree - either paint it the color you want now, or (my choice since it sounds like you don't have great adhesion between the coats) strip it back to bare wood and then prime and paint.
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Sounds 100% to me like you've got latex over oil. The top coat never bonded with the original paint. Like Mark said you could try and scrub it with denatured alcohol which will effectively melt the latex. Or just keep going at it with your fingernails
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