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What paint stripper product do you suggest to remove paint from staircase?

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Hi Brenda, that's a loaded question, and depends on a few variables, like how many coats, how old is the paint, and who's doing it and under what conditions. The old tried and true stuff is a paste Methylene chloride stripper, that is fast, thorough, and quite toxic. The newer formulas, like soy based, NMP Orange stripper, and others work slower, are safer to use, but are not as easy or as thorough. A test is what I would suggest, with CitrusStrip. It's available in a lot of places, (like HomeDepot), smells pretty good, and works pretty well on a wide variety of finishes. No matter which product you use, it's a huge, messy job, requiring lots of determination, elbow grease, patience, and work. If you're going to pay someone to do it, be prepared to pay quite a bit. If you are unfamiliar with stripping something like a stair case, I would NOT recommend you get involved. Also, if the treads underneath are just Pine, Poplar, or some other non uninteresting wood, or if they're Oak, getting all the paint out of the grain is tough,and it begs the question what is your ultimate goal and expectations...all should be considered before wading in...Hope that helps a little, post back if necessary.
Regards,
Greg

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Questions on Woodworking, wood finishing and refinishing of all kinds, repairing furniture and wooden objects, Architectural details, Woodturning, carving, tool usage, product usage, some chemistry as it applies to woodworking and related interests,cabinet making and furniture construction/design, etc. I have experience with all manners of colorants, finishes, paints, stains, dyes, glazes, and coatings, wood species recognition and usage,tool recommendations, blade types and recommendation,techniques and methods for many Woodworking related issues, etc.

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Fine furniture restorer and cabinet maker for over 30 years,serving high end Antique dealers, Interior designers, Collectors in the CT area. Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.) Sold, built, serviced, setup Home, Industrial, and Commercial stationary woodworking tools for a major tool retailer in CT. for three years, sold hand and power tools , provided knowledge, parts replacement, service, and on site service, Trade show Demo, and training as well.

Publications
Published in Fine Woodworking Magazine (12/97), included on Fine Woodworkings first "Best of Fine Woodworking" CD-ROM (2002) ...("27 year compilation of expert know-how")

Education/Credentials
Art School at Silvermine Guild in Norwalk, CT., 9 year apprenticeship in a European run Cabinet and Restoration shop in CT., various classes on subjects having to do with the field. Seminars from major Tool manufacturers, Skil/Bosch, Delta, Powermatic, Ritter, Porter cable, Milwaukee, Dewalt/B&Decker, Performax.

Past/Present Clients
Many varied clients including work on Martha Stewarts' Westport, CT. show house, many fine Antique dealers and private collectors in and around Fairfield County and in Woodbury, CT. (the Antiques capital of CT.), Golden Age of Trucking Museum,Consulting for area Painting/Decorating and Building contractors on non painting issues..(staining, wood prep.,clear finishing, floor restoration and architectural detail restoration and repair, etc.), local Museums and Historical Societies. For the last two years I have been employed with Schwenke Auctioneers Inc.- Woodbury Auction LLC., as a staff photographer,IT tech,and doing restoration and repair work as well.

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