A Gift To Ourselves

by Josh on December 27, 2005 · 4 comments

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For the last few years, Ms. Bungalow and I have bought a shared gift to ourselves at Christmas. Last year it was a refurbished old piano, a couple years before that it was a DVD player.

This year, we’re thinking of something to help our home improvement work. Given the great results of my paint removal work on the fireplace, Ms. Bungalow is excited to see what we could do to restore the painted woodwork. To tackle this job, I’ve had my eye on the Silent Paint Remover, aka Speedheater.

I first heard about the SPR at a Twin Cities Bungalow Club seminar with home restoration guru and former PBS star, Bob Yapp. Bob thought the SPR was very effective, safe for lead paint, and relatively easy to use. Unfortunately, it’s really expensive. We’re checking the bank account and will make a decision on the SPR soon. Eco-Strip has the SPR on sale for $399 (reg. $465) until December 31, so if we act fast paint stripping might become one of my New Year’s resolutions.

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Greg December 27, 2005 at 10:19 pm

I’ve got an SPR I’ve used for paint stripping for the last couple of years. It’s one tool of several – I find it helps greatly, but there is always paint you have to remove by other means. If it disappeared tomorrow, I’d buy one again though.

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Jim December 28, 2005 at 1:15 pm

Great site, fellow Minneapolitan! I was very intrigued by this remover also, and found this site while doing some research:
http://www.oceanmanorhouse.com/paintremover.html
It sounds like it would be pretty easy for a handy person to make their own for a lot less money. Just so you know the option is there before dropping the money on the fancy version.

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Josh December 28, 2005 at 2:12 pm

Hey Jim, you’re my wish come true! I hoped writing an SPR post would yield some kind of cheapskate alternatives to dropping $400.

Like the author of the site you linked, I’ve held back on buying the SPR because it looked like something that I’d see for $50 at Home Depot 3 months after I bought it for $400+. I may still buy the “real deal” SPR, but I’m going to check out that homemade option first. Thanks!

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