paint stripping

A Fully Stripped Radiator

by Josh on December 30, 2009 · 6 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

A few posts back, I talked about my disappointment with my progress onstripping the paint from the radiator for my bedroom project. With the radiator already partially stripped from a prior session of less-than-satisfying paint removal, I found the chemical strippers I tried either a) didn’t work well,  or b) softened paint but produced strong […]


Entry Light Restored

by Josh on March 26, 2008 · 12 comments

in antiques,Projects

Does completing two projects qualify as a streak? I’ve just finished my second session of stripping and restoring the old hardware from around the house, and I’m on a roll. First I cleaned some window hardware a few weeks ago. Now in the last few days I decided to tackle one of my most hated […]


Peel Away Deal

by Josh on July 19, 2006 · 2 comments

in Ideas

I love finding good deals on renovation supplies. It helps soften the blow of those times when I measure once and cut twice. (Why are those mistaken cuts always too short?) I stopped in to Sherwin Williams today to pick up a bucket of Peel Away 1 paint remover to use on the radiator I […]


To Move A Radiator

by Josh on July 17, 2006 · 4 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

Demolition in the south upstairs bedroom has hit a stumbling block. A big, 300-pound, cast-iron stumbling block. In order to pull out the baseboard, panelling, and old sheetrock to prepare for renovation, the radiator had to be moved. Before this, the only maintenance I have done on the heating system was bleeding radiators, so this […]


What a great day for paintstripping! With a bright sun shining all day, it was finally warm enough to throw open the garage door, trot out the sawhorses and get serious about stripping the doors I’ve been picking at for weeks. Ms. Bungalow also gave me leave of my fatherly duties to spend a solid […]


Paint Stripping: No Quick Fix

by Josh on March 28, 2006 · 7 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

I am still working on removing paint from my first door in the south upstairs bedroom, and it would be generous to say I am half done with it. I made reasonably good progress using the Silent Paint Remover, so long as I applied a boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits mixture to the belligerent […]


Paying It Forward

by Josh on March 14, 2006 · 0 comments

in Fireplace,Journal

I stopped in one of my favorite local hardware stores this afternoon to pick up a few goodies. While I was contemplating paint striping chemicals, I overheard a conversation in the neighboring aisle between a clerk and a customer regarding painted fireplaces. They were discussing options for how to make an off-white painted fireplace look […]


Stripping Continues

by Josh on March 3, 2006 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

I haven’t been up to much around the house lately, but I have made a little progress on my paint stripping. Previously I had applied an 80/20 mixture of boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits to the difficult old primer on the bedroom door that did not come up with the Silent Paint Remover. Here’s […]


A Finish To Strip

by Josh on February 22, 2006 · 0 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

I’m still working on stripping the paint from the door to the south upstairs bedroom. My setup in the garage worked great, but the Silent Paint Remover had a hard time with the primer coat on the unvarnished door. I followed the Speedheater manual’s suggestion to wipe an 80/20 mixture of boiled linseed oil and […]


Speedheater Round Two

by Josh on February 20, 2006 · 7 comments

in Projects

After the smelly smoke of my first foray with the Silent Paint Remover nearly drove my family out of the house, I knew I needed to change my plans for stripping paint in the south bedroom upstairs. So I moved my operation down to the garage where effective workspace ventilation is as simple as opening […]