Steam Paint Removal (with video)
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TideWater



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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2020 8:14 pm    Post subject: Is the steam removal method practical for a ceiling? Reply with quote

I'm thinking of taking the plunge into using a steamer to strip paint but I haven't seen anyone mention doing it on a ceiling so I wanted to check first. I need to strip and repaint the beadboard ceiling of an outdoor porch. It's probably about 8'x20'. The paint is thick and alligatored. Some of it comes off easily with a scraper but it still takes me a while to get a patch to the stage where all the paint is either removed or so firmly attached that it's safe to leave.

Would it steaming work on something like this? And is there anything special I should be aware of for doing it overhead? (I have John's restoration report).
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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It seems likely to work on that heavy buildup.
Do not scrape off the loose paint before you apply steam, for two reasons:

-- The old paint will protect the wood from absorbing excessive water. If you are steaming a surface with spots that have no paint the wood will become soft and it will be difficult to scrape off the adjacent paint without damaging the soft wood.

-- The steam is a damp process, so it will help mitigate the lead risks. Might as well take advantage of this, rather than scraping dry before steaming, which would increase the lead risks.

take care, work safe, and keep us posted on your progress

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

>>I should be aware of for doing it overhead?<<

Don't let the hot condensation water drip down onto you.

If you don't routinely work overhead, do some exercises to get your body used to it, and do just a small area every other day for a week, then slowly increase the size of the area each day.

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