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Our new home and adventures in paint stripping

We are in the process of closing on our two unit home in Urbana, Il. The duplex is close to Lincoln Square shopping mall and is located in Historic East Urbana. Our home is over 80 years old and needs some updating in but has a lot of old-fashioned charm that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Included are some photographs of the paint stripping process.

Here is the living room with citristrip being applied to the baseboards and door frame.

The office/second bedroom

The master bedroom.

The kitchen door frame in the process of being stripped.

The finished stripped door frame.

A cross-section of the stripped and unstripped door frame.

The living room with stripped baseboards, door frames, and windows. This is a long and messy process. To strip paint I’ve been using citristrip and klean-strip products. The citistrip omits less chemicals than the klean-stip and stays wet for 24 hours so you can strip at your own time as needed (this helps if you are removing paint from a larger area). However, neither product removes all layers of paint after one application and in order to do so I’ve had to apply the product 2-4 times and then scrub the area with bleach. Removing paint is hard work and takes a lot of elbow grease. You will need many pairs of chemical proof gloves, a lot of scrubbing pads/brushes and several paint scrappers to get the job done.

Here I am with my paint fume mask and splash-proof goggles.

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