Refinishing wood shutters

JogaAugust 26, 2012

Hi everyone--

These are our wood shutters. Unsurprisingly they tested positive for lead paint. We want to reprint them and get them looking brand new. What steps should we take to make this happen? Thanks so much!

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They are in about the same condition as my window sashes. My process, developed from the excellent advice I received on this forum, is the following:

remove and place on a flat surface;
clamp down as needed;
scrape off the paint using a heat gun and an assortment of scrapers;
sand to bare wood using an orbital sander and a detail sander;
repair rot with Abatron LiquidWood and WoodEpox;
sand repaired areas;
prime with a slow drying oil base primer;
apply two coats of acrylic paint.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 4:16PM
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Thank you SO much for taking the time to respond. This is exactly what I'm looking for.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 4:51PM
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Graywings has it exactly right.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2012 at 6:13PM
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We'll be tackling our shutters soon... very soon. Ours have a ton more layers of paint. I have tackled 2 of them so far... very hard to get this paint off! DH just made a steamer.. cheap, and we tested on shutter and so far - so good!! If this works, it will be a big time saver!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2012 at 9:55AM
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Christopher Nelson Wallcovering and Painting

Be careful with the steamer brfore painting, water and paint do not mix.You are goig to have to let it dry very well before painting.

As to the original poster gray wing has it down exactly right but as you know the lead paint should be addressed

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 4:59AM
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