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« on: April 03, 2006 07:32:13 PM »

I inherited these ice cream chairs from my parents after they got wood flooring.  I like the color but it's chipping so I think it's time for a change.



 I plan to go a dark espresso brown.  But FIRST, they have to be stripped.  I spent a couple hours on just the upper half of ONE chair tonight! Yikes!!!

Any tips? Ideas? Do you think a pressure washer would work??? (or car wash LOL)
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2006 10:18:57 PM »

Must they be stripped? I think you could probley just spray paint over it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2006 10:36:47 PM »

Just use paint stripper. It'll be a bit fiddley so try not to get it on your hands- water neutralises it if you do. It works fast. You can use it on metal and it doesn't drinp so the seat should be ok.
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2006 07:27:36 AM »

They need to be stripped or at least sanded so the spray paint will look even. I tried paint stripper but it took forever to get in all the little cracks and it wasn't very effective.  Maybe I didn't let it sit long enough???
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2006 08:59:08 AM »

When my mom and I repainted some wrought iron lawn furniture, we just used an iron grill brush to scrape off the flakes and then spray painted them. It works, but may not give you the clean slate you want...
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2006 09:49:32 AM »

But that sounds like a really good idea! I was struggling with the scraper and then tried steel wool but a grill brush might work better.
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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2006 10:22:34 AM »

Any kind of manual stripping you are doing - with a scraper, scrubber, what-have-you, will be helped by a heat gun or even a hair dryer.  Check your solvents before you turn heat on them, though, because they might be combustible.
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« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2006 02:35:44 PM »

Do you heat them before application or during application???
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« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2006 05:15:10 PM »

A+ for the grill brush idea! I got one almost done before it started to rain!  Smiley/ Sad (Smile for the idea, frown for the icky weather!)
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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2006 05:05:05 AM »

Yay!  Glad I could help!  Cute chairs, by the way!
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