Antique furniture can be the pride of any homeowner but restoring a piece of furniture to look beautiful may require the use a paint stripper. Working with paint stripper is a delicate process that is full of potential issues for the user as paint stripper is a dangerous chemical. If the paint stripper is improperly used then you will not only get sick or hurt but you could ruin the antique furniture piece you are working on. The following article will share with you several ways to properly handle a paint stripper on antique wood.
Picking the Right Paint Stripper
For all of the hard work you are going to be putting into stripping paint off of antique furniture you need to choose the correct paint stripper. When you apply paint stripper the chemicals that make it up are basically eating away at the compound of the paint. There are dozens of paint strippers on the market and those paint strippers have differing degrees of strength. You do not want to damage the antique wood so use a paint stripper that is not that harsh. A gel paint stripper is one of the best to use on antique furniture because it does not evaporate away, stays put where place it and is not going to damage the wood.
Application of Paint stripper
Applying paint stripper to new wood is easy. You can just paint it on and let it go or you could just pour it on. The paint stripper can still hurt the wood but not to the degree that it could if it was an antique. When using a paint stripper on antique wood it is always good to follow the less is more rule. Apply the paint stripper in small amounts with a sponge. Let it work for a time and then remove the paint little by little.
Removing Paint Stripper
How you remove the paint after you apply the paint stripper is very important when you wish to conserve the wood underneath. Some paint strippers require you to remove the paint by scrubbing the surface with steel wool while others want you to use a paint scraper to remove it. While these removal techniques will work on your project they can also damage the wood. If your project has several coats of paint that has to be removed then using any one of these methods will certainly work for you. The trick is to know when to stop using these methods and switch to something that is less likely to damage the wood. There can be over ten coats of paint on the surface. As you remove layer after layer; take note if you can see any signs of a wood grain underneath. Another good indication is spotting a paint color that could be a primer like gray or white. Once you are getting close to the wood layer switch to using a rag or cloth to rub away the paint. You will have to apply more paint stripper as you work.