18 Aug My favorite Stripper for removing Paint & Finishes
I’ve tried many strippers over the years
Many burn holes through your skin if you splash the tiniest spec of it onto your hand or arms.
Some don’t work for squat
but one is just right…
Why? Because I’m clumsy
and I don’t like it when my skin burns if tiny specs splatter on my skin
I know this because I’ve done it numerous times and it really stings! The fastest strippers also have a shorter working time. As soon as the harsh chemicals evaporate (minutes), they’re done working which means I have to start all over again with more stripper.
That makes me mad!
Zinnser’s Magic Strip Citrus-Action Gel works for me while I sleep. It stays wet for 24 hours meaning it will continue to eat through layers of paint and finishes as long as the gel remains wet. To insure the heat won’t dry it out, I throw a piece of waxed paper over it and let it work while I’m getting catching some ZZZ’s.
The next morning, it slides right off like butta! It not only works to remove paint, but also to remove old clear coats. We used it on the tops of all the pieces of the antique mahogany bedroom set we just refinished.
After all the old finish was removed and wiped down, I went over it with some Low Odor Mineral Spirits to make sure all the residue was cleaned off. These pieces turned out beautifully!
I used MinWax’s Jacobean to stain the tops. I wanted to make the tops a little darker because they were quite red when I purchased the set.
At this point I could have used a clear coat to seal it but I wanted more of a custom, high end finish so I opted for American Paint Company’s Dark Antiquing Wax. It’s my favorite. I love the way it looks with the custom cream color Cath mixed up for the body.
This is absolutely the look I wanted for this bedroom set and I’m tickled pink with how everything turned out. Being my own worst critic, I usually pick apart everything I do, so it was nice to be proud of everything in the end. Apparently somebody else liked it too; the entire set sold within minutes of setting it up in the store. Thank you!!
Stay tuned as I share our experience and all the other pieces of this bedroom set.
Have a great weekend!!