Fluted Wood Column Paint Removal
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impact1839



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2011 10:43 pm    Post subject: Fluted Wood Column Paint Removal Reply with quote

I have six large columns that require paint stripping. I was wondering if anyone has tackled this nightmare before and had any efficient best practices to share to help speed along the process. I'm thinking heatgun and and finding a scraper that fits the fluted channels well and going to work. I had considered paint stripper but I really cant stand using that stuff. Seems like more trouble than its worth.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you got a grinder (or know someone who has one) mangling a plain ole home depot scraper until it fits the groove should be easy enough.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having just completed a project that involved complete paint removal on a number of fluted redwood columns, I would recommend the following:

I used a heat gun with variable temp control, and kept the heat around med-high.

I started at the base of the columns and burned my way up with a teardrop shaped drag scraper that I ground and sharpened to fit the flutes, which were fortunately evenly sized.

I burned out each flute one or two at a time starting inside the flute and then doing the coresponding "flats"

Then made a sanding block with a piece of dowel and worked through a few grits with it to clean up any residue or tearout

Repair/oil prime/paint and done
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 4:22 pm    Post subject: Sanding fluted columns Reply with quote

I am using a broom stick wrapped in sandpaper to sand these bad boys and wonder if anyone had any better ideas. I made a homemade contraption (see attached) but it was useless as it tears the sandpaper everytime. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks guys!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul, that's a good start on developing a power sander for those column flutes.

You might try a more durable cloth-backed sandpaper. It can be difficult to source as flat sheets, but you could always get belts made for belt sanders and cut them up.

Also, I suspect that is a random orbit sander. If you did this with an "in line" sander it might work better because the stroke of the sander would be in line with the flute.

Keep us posted on how this works out.

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