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Paint Stripping on Wood Surfaces

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    LESLIE: Pierre in Indiana is next and he’s got a paint question. How can we help you today?

    PIERRE: Yes, I had a question about a sunroom. Me and wife are buying a home and in the sunroom, between the windows they’ve got the original wood; but as you go up to the peak of the ceiling on the sunroom, they have this white paint with like insect drawings all over it. And you can tell that it’s been painted – you know, every insect and all. And what I wanted – instead of just painting over it, I wanted to know how to take off the paint and just get that original wood showing again.
    TOM and LESLIE: Hmm.
    TOM: Well, there are a number of different ways to strip paint; none of which are easy. They’re all a lot of work and, considering that you’re talking about a ceiling, it’s even more work because gravity is working against you.
    PIERRE: (overlapping voices) Yeah.
    LESLIE: And a lot of these products – I mean they’re chemicals. They’re going to drip down on you.
    TOM: Yeah. So you just want to get this back to be able to see the grain, Pierre?
    PIERRE: Yeah.
    TOM: Yeah.
    PIERRE: Because they have – you can see the wood in between each window in the sunroom and if that look was all through it, it would be beautiful.
    TOM: I think that you can do it but I think you’re committing to a huge job and you’re always going to end up having some paint behind. I think that this is one you just might want to go with repainting it; choose an earth tone, so it doesn’t detract from the eye; and focus on the wood that you can see.
    PIERRE: I see. I see, yeah. Well, I appreciate it.
    TOM: Alright, Pierre. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.

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