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stripping resin moldings

Posted by westminster (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 28, 08 at 18:29

Were trying to strip many years of paint off of some wall moldings to reveal the floral details before repainting. We had assumed the moldings were plaster, but after stripping a test patch with Soy Gel, they actually appear to be some sort of resin molds applied to wood strips. The problem is that the second application of Soy Gel began to dissolve the resin details. Does anyone have any experience or suggestions for stripping the paint without destroying the resin? Weve been using Citristrip on our window moldings, but were concerned that the neutralization process might be too harsh. Well probably give Peel-Away a shot, but any other ideas?

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RE: stripping resin moldings

It occurs to me that if the moldings are resin, they could be fairly recent, and certainly not original to the house or even particularly 'special'. So if you're in love with them regardless, then hopefully someone else will help, but if you're not actually that crazy about them, maybe they could just be removed and replaced with new ones.

RE: stripping resin moldings

Ive wondered about that myself, but I talked to a plaster guy and he said that a lot of older moldings were actually made from resin and wood rather than plaster. Plus, judging from the many coats of paint, Im assuming that theyre pretty old. That said, they very well may not be original to the house (i.e. 1906) and could date to some renovations that were done in the forties. Id love to try and work with whats already there, but if you have any suggestions for reasonably priced replacement moldings, Id be happy to hear them. Thanks!

RE: stripping resin moldings

Check out oldhouseweb. I'm betting someone there will have a answer for you.

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