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By Michael Charelian



This Old Annville House – Stripping Wood


Having put it off as long as possible, I recently stripped all the wood in my master bedroom, including 3 eight ft. windows, 4 doorways (2 with transoms) and yards of baseboard. Fifty-three cumulative hours later, the beautiful, original chestnut wood shone through. I used wax-based Klean-Strip stripper (Lowe’s) and their brand of After Wash. Apply as directed, using gloves and eye protection. I found there is no need to cover the wood with plastic and let soak, a labor-intensive process that didn’t help much. Let the paint bubble up and use a little imagination to match the scraping tool to the wood contours. I used soft 1” brass brushes for nooks and crannies, razors (used carefully) on flat surfaces, and an old spoon shaped to match the contours of some moldings. Metal hardware can soak in a container for longer periods. You’ll need at least 2 applications of stripper, one of wood wash (I used an old tee shirt to apply) and a lot of patience.



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