How Do You Remove Old Paint From Wood Floors, Railings, Fireplaces, Etc?
After spending a lot of thought trying to decide how to spend our “investment” money, my husband and I decided to buy an old apartment building. The building still contained most of the original oak floors, fireplace mantels, railing and trim work. The trim work we did not deal with, we just painted over it. However, the floors, the mantels and the railing I wanted to restore. It is a lot of work. However, with the time and practice I have put into it, I think I’ve learned a thing or two I can share. Get a Lead Based Paint Tester Kit. Test the Paint before proceeding. If lead based paint is present, you will have to take alternate measures to insure your health and safety. Lead is a serious hazard. Beware. Oak Floors: Remove all the nails sticking up from the floor. Then secure the floor with floor nails. Remember to make sure you use shortest punch necessary to countersinc the nails so you don’t rip them up with the planer. Now you are ready to take off the paint. We found that using