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    • Jimmy_Neutron
    • By Jimmy_Neutron 15th Jul 17, 12:39 PM
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    Paint brushes, rollers and paint strippers?
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    Paint brushes, rollers and paint strippers? 15th Jul 17 at 12:39 PM
    Hopefully moving soon so will have to do some decorating as the previous owner was old and unable to keep the decor up to date.

    In the past I've left brushes and rollers to dry and tried to clean them up afterwards which has resulted in not the best finish. This time I'm going to spend more time in the prep and also the cleaning.


    Which scraper, tool or liquid, do you recommend for removing years of old built up gloss paint on skirting boards, picture rails, banisters etc?

    Which paint brushes and rollers do you recommend to give the best finish.

    Thanks
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    For old gloss it depends on how much work you want to do and what level of perfection is needed.. Normally you can get away with cleaning with sugar soap, then drying, then light sanding (so new paint can key in), undercoat, light sand and 1/2 topcoat. You can also use a very grippy primer like zinsser bin which will reduce need of lot of preparation.
    • I have spoken
    • By I have spoken 15th Jul 17, 3:34 PM
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    EU legislation means over-the-counter paint-strippers are barely more effective than milk.

    A super-effective caustic remover can be made from

    1 cup of borax
    1 cup of ammonia
    1 cup of washing soda (for extra oomph, caustic soda)

    Add tepid water until it's a paste then apply, leave for 30 mins and wash off, using a nylon scouring pad for stubborn bits

    Eye protection and heavy duty rubber gloves essential!
    Last edited by I have spoken; 15-07-2017 at 3:39 PM.
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    When we moved into our 1920s house, all the mouldings on doors, staircase, skirting boards etc, had disappeared under layers of thick gunky shellac varnish and gloss paint. I stripped the lot using a blow torch and scraper along with nitromors which in those days was pretty harsh stuff. Nowadays I'd use a heat gun for the job. If paintwork is in good condition then as advised above.
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    • By Norman Castle 15th Jul 17, 7:37 PM
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    In the past I've left brushes and rollers to dry and tried to clean them up afterwards which has resulted in not the best finish.
    Originally posted by Jimmy_Neutron
    Wrap the wet roller in plastic, I use a bread bag turned inside out. Fit tightly so there is no air inside. Roller will last days or weeks like this. I wash brushes used with water based paints immediately after use. For oil based paint stand them in a cup of water between coats or overnight.

    Empty roller trays between coats or overnight by pouring the paint back into the tin. Use the brush to remove as much paint as possible then wash in the sink using a washing up sponge scourer.
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    Which scraper, tool or liquid, do you recommend for removing years of old built up gloss paint on skirting boards, picture rails, banisters etc?
    Originally posted by Jimmy_Neutron
    I'd recomend just replacing them and using a nice satinwood not a horrible gloss.

    But even if yoiu want gloss I'd still just replace them, especially with years of old build up. They are fairly cheap.
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