October 13, 2006
Tom has been teaching Liz and myself how to strip…paint off wood, that is. What an unsung hero's job—paint stripper.
The original wooden doors were put away down our cellar when Massport put up new doors to help sound-proof against the noise at Logan Airport. The old doors were really dark, but you knew that something else was underneath and had to be better looking. So the painstaking job of stripping the doors has been undertaken. Note that they look absolutely gorgeous (when did I start thinking that doors could look gorgeous? Must be the fumes!)
The task of sanding the dentil and the egg-and-dart detail work is being undertaken by Tom and Joe. I had no idea what these terms meant. It is the decorative wooden edge at the bottom of the door that looks like sharks' teeth—indented and decorative—and the oval shaped design and a small dart in between the eggs. Very nice detail.
The doors were only getting us "primed" (yuk yuk) for the real McCoy of paint stripping: the trim around the doors. First there was the white coat, then the gray coat, then the white coat, then the beige coat, and finally the park-bench green coat. (Did they give that color green away to anyone that would take it years ago?) You get the picture. I have stripped a marble fireplace and a couple of coats of paint, but nothing like this.
Tom showed us how to roll the paint remover over the wood—easy enough. Some of the first coat came off right away. Helen, my neighbor who is a great painter, bought me a new scraper with a bit of a lip on it to aid in my quest. I worked on it most of the weekend—removed a lot of gunk, but didn't make any real headway. Tough not to gouge the wood out of frustration.
Monday a.m. Tom seemed a bit perplexed as to why it wasn't doing the job, considering that it was "high test." I told him that I waited half an hour before I scraped it off like he told me to. Have you ever seen Tom give Kevin that "look" when he asks him something really far out—and maybe even stupid—on the show? Well, I got the "look."
"Chris, I said that it takes 4 to 24 hours for the stuff to dry before you can strip it."
Yeah, just pass the Aleve for my arm.
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How many episodes are in season #26? Will there be 26, like with the Carlisle project? Or 18 like the season before? THANKS!
Hi I think they said 18 episodes..probaly 17 too many for most people...thanks for your interest. Chris Flynn
what kind of paint stripper are you using and where can I get it?
I love TOH, but often the budgets (if there is one) are way beyond my means! Finally a project & budget I can relate to. Nice job & thanks for sharing your adventure. I can't wait to see the outcome, both house & budget!
To Ben: We used Ready Strip which when used correctly really works!! best of luck chris
Improve the "dissolving" power of the stripper by cover it with aluminum foil after applying it, to seal in the solvent so it do its job. The paint comes off like pudding in 30-40 minutes.
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