What is THE best way to remove paint from spindles? Do not do it. You're welcome. That is all.
Still reading? OK, the next best way to remove paint from spindles? Hire someone else to do it. Whatever quote they give you, do not bat an eye; just pay them and know it is money well spent. Trust me they didn't charge you enough.
Still reading? Really? OK, before you read further please go back and re-read paragraphs 1 and 2. If you're still determined then I warn you it is a long, messy, and tedious process. I know -- trust me.
|Colorful table. The paint was thick with many layers.|
I knew when I bought the thrift store table that I would need to strip the paint from the top as it was peeling and chipping. Typically with chalk paint you do not need to remove the current paint, but in this case it was necessary otherwise the fresh new paint would eventually chip, too. I did see that it had the same paint on the spindled legs; however, I thought the paint on the legs was solid and wouldn't need to be removed. Imagine my surprise when I inspected it more closely when I got home and determined the paint would need to be stripped off the legs, too.
It was a little daunting, but never fear, nothing but a little hard work and determination won't
|Tabletop after 1st coat of Citristrip.|
take care of. So I used Citristrip to remove the paint on the top. Boy oh boy is that a messy gooey mess. It did get the majority of it, but the paint had many thick layers and it required a second application. It was close, but it still would need a third application to remove the paint. I set that task temporarily aside and decided to tackle the spindles instead.
|Seven spindles, ugh!|
This table has six spindled legs plus a spindle support bar. I'll do the math for you. . . seven spindles. Ugh! Assuming they would also need three applications of Citristrip I was starting to panic. If three applications on a flat surface wasn't fun, I just couldn't imagine how I would ever get through removing the paint from seven spindles.
|Heat gun and scraping tool.|
So I will share with you how I removed the paint, but please know it was still a long, messy and tedious process. The approach I took was to use a combination of techniques. First I used a heat gun and a scraper to remove the majority of the paint. It was a hot mess, but fairly effective. It worked great on the flatter surfaces, but some of the paint was stubborn.
|After using the heat gun.|
|Removed debris with 120-grit sand paper.|
Next I used 120-grit sandpaper and sanded off the little bits and chunks of paint. But there were still some stubborn areas especially around the crevices. So I finished with a coat of Citristrip and scrubbed with a toothbrush. Although I worked in the shade the Citristrip kept drying up, so I dipped the toothbrush in water and scrubbed away until it turned into a gooey mess. At this point it started to solidify slightly and became sort of gloppy, so my final step was to wipe the mess away with a wet rag followed by a wipe down with a dry towel. Repeat the process six more times!
|It's hard to see in the photo, |
but the Citristrip was applied but is drying.
|I dipped a toothbrush in water and scrubbed. |
It seemed to reactivate the Citristrip.
|After scrubbing with a toothbrush, |
I wiped the gooey stuff away with a wet towel.
There might be a few charred spots from the heat gun :-)
|After. Whew! There are still a few spots that|
I removed with sandpaper,
but hey, done is better than perfect.