I have written a few posts lately about the tedium of paint stripping. So accidentally stumbling onto a method to quickly strip paint and finish off doors and mouldings should be good news, right?
Well, before I answer that thrilling rhetorical question, let me reveal this miracle of paint stripping technology. Drum roll… Double-sided tape for window insulator kits. Here’s how the accidental paint stripper works:
- Apply the double sided tape and plastic to the window moulding and shrink the plastic according to the manufacturer’s directions.
- Remove the tape and plastic gently and watch as layers of paint or even thin layers of the wood itself are easily lifted from the surface of the moulding.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 seasonally as necessary to reduce heating costs, or until the moulding is completely free of paint.
I know, you’re thinking this sounds too good to be true: a paint stripper that saves money on your heating bill. Well, believe it, my friends. Here’s the genuine, un-retouched, photographic proof of this remarkable paint stripping system:
And when the moulding is not painted, the tape can actually pull off bits of wood:
So is this accidental paint stripper good news? No.
Am I pleased to have a new tool in my paint-stripping arsenal? Not in the least.
I only wanted to keep the winter drafts out of my kitchen. Although I am stripping paint from some windows and doors, these ones were not on that list. But thanks to my accidental paint remover, I’ve got more moulding to sand and refinish, and a door to either repaint or fully strip.
I’m miffed about the damage this tape did to the windows, but now I am more motivated than ever to get my windows weatherstripped and winterized tight enough that I can end my seasonal shrinkwrapping altogether.