Readystrip paint remover



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Description: I purchased Ready Strip after having read a variety of reviews and preferring to believe the positive ones - and I have paid for my error in judgement. First - my project was to repaint a couple of

I purchased Ready Strip after having read a variety of reviews and preferring to believe the positive ones - and I have paid for my error in judgement. First - my project was to repaint a couple of sliding closet doors - wood, with multiple coats of what I assume is oil-based paint in glossy.

I purchased Ready Strip after having read a variety of reviews and preferring to believe the positive ones - and I have paid for my error in judgement.

First - my project was to repaint a couple of sliding closet doors - wood, with multiple coats of what I assume is oil-based paint in glossy finish. The house is 50 years old, and the previous owner apparently used some pretty high quality paint in his day. I say that because on other trim items, similarly painted, I have had to strip the paint down to the wood when I discovered that the primer I applied after sanding and "roughing up" the painted surfaces simply did not adhere - it would peel off like sunburnt skin. In fact, these very doors had peeling paint, where the top layer was starting to peel off the underlayer purely from age.

I peeled off what would strip away with my fingers, and then decided to try the chemical approach rather than my tried-and-true method of blowtorch and scraping (which I've done to other woodwork in the house). So after reading about Ready Strip, decided to give it a shot.

I live in SoCal - ambient temperature yesterday about 75 degrees, low humidity - and applied the stripper to the surfaces after having removed the doors and laying them on the ground. This way, the goop would not have the inclination to run to the bottom.

Indeed, after about 4-5 hours the color did change to an off-white (it starts as a booger-green color), so I took my trusty scraper and went to work (the instructions warn against letting it stay on too long, so I figured this was the right time). And I got precious little for my efforts - the chemical actually caused some peeling and cracking on the paint over perhaps 10% of the surface, mostly all it did was dry to a new hardened coating of its own. So I scraped off what I could, and was left to break out the blowtorch and burn off.

Bottom line, I wasted 5 hours (well, I did do other things - didn't just watch this stuff dry) and $30 (1/2 gallon plus $10 s&h - 50% for transport from the AsseenonTV outfit - but that's another story). And still had to go through the traditional burn approach, which was made a bit harder since this dried goop acts as a sort of protective layer!

Perhaps if you have latex based and/or matte finish painted surfaces to deal with, Ready Strip might work. But if you're dealing with high-gloss oik based paint (or maybe either) run, don't walk, away from this stuff.






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