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Steam Paint Removal Video

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John Leeke demonstrates using steam to remove heavy paint build up from wood surfaces in this five minute video. Steam paint removal softens the paint film so it can be more easily scraped away. It works well with the heavy paint buildup commonly found on the exterior of older buildings during house restoration and historic preservation projects. 

This method has significant advantages over mechanical scraping and shaving, chemical stripping and the dry-heat of torch, hot-air gun and infra-red lamp methods: 

  • Significantly reduces the risk of starting a building fire compared to dry heat methods. 
  • Helps control the lead-health risk issue because it is an inherently damp process and eliminates the lead-fume risk. 
  • No fumes from heat decomposition of binders in the old paint as with dry heat methods. 
  • Relatively low setup cost compared to dry heat and shaver methods. 
  • Lower operating and supply costs than chemical paint removal. 
  • Lower residue disposal costs than chemical paint removal. 

Learn more about  Steam Paint Removal at the Historic HomeWorks Forum.

Text and Video Copyright 2005 John C. Leeke

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John Leeke's Historic HomeWorks

    207 773-2306      26 Higgins St. Portland, ME  04103

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