Paint stripping – Part 3

Let’s loop back to the issue of paint stripping.

Cathy told the story about cleaning up the window and door trims and removing layers of paint from the oak window sills. The Silent Paint Remover and SOY Gel were great tools to use in the paint removing process. We have in some cases, however, just a hint of paint residue left. Just enough to be really annoying.

Cathy, who has turned into a paint removal specialist, quickly figured out how to grind up and remove this annoyance. She dug up a palm sander her sister sent us when we started the project. Some 120 grit sand paper did a great job of restoring the final glory of the oak around the windows and doors with only a couple of passes.

For the window sills, Cathy used a coarser sand paper first followed by a final pass with the 120 grit. This helped not only to remove some of the more persistent paint residue, but also eliminate or fade some of the stains on the sills.

Although, what I really like about the trim and the sills is that they have their little imperfections. They tell a great story of age, of good times and bad times … They add character.


About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus and his wife Cathy purchased a 100+ year old masonry two-flat in the City of Chicago to start a new pilot project – a deep energy retrofit. He is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. Marcus developed his first landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has also worked on a number of LEED certified projects. In that process he expanded his expertise from landscape architecture to building science, which continues to grow and which he applies to his own home.

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