The life and times of Zack Weinberg.
Thursday, 2 October 2003
# 1 PM
notes on stripping paint
- The instructions on the side of the bottle of stripper read "Apply
a thick coat." This is not merely an attempt to get you to consume
more of their product.
- Stripping paint produces large volumes of sticky goo. It is wise
to have a disposable container handy to put the goo in.
- Plastic scrapers don't work very well, which is a shame, because
metal scrapers will scratch hell out of the wood, which has been
softened by the stripper.
- Kneepads are a wonderful invention. Too bad I don't own any.
- Disposable nitrile gloves are also a wonderful invention. These I
- Stripping paint from flat objects is merely tedious. Stripping
paint from cylindrical objects is almost impossible.
- You're not going to get all the paint off, no matter how hard you
It will be a damn shame if this table turns out to be intrinsically
hideous, not just covered in ugly blue paint.
I don't mind recommending Citristrip brand paint stripper. It works pretty well, and it's
about as non-toxic as possible considering that paint stripper
intrinsically has to contain vicious organic solvents. (Toxicity details -- for the spray can version, not the gel I'm
using, but the active ingredients are the same.)