1. Read The Instructions
Always read all cautions and directions on the product label before beginning a project. You should understand all aspects of the project before you begin. You can also print this project plan and bring it along with you to the job site.
2. Prepare The Work Area
For best results, use chemicals in temperatures between 65° and 85°F and away from strong breeze and hot sun. Protect surrounding areas with a heavy plastic drop cloth. If working indoors, open all windows and doors and maintain a cross ventilation of moving fresh air across the work area.
3. Ready To Begin
When you are ready to get started, put on your chemical splash goggles and solvent-resistant gloves. Make sure you have soft rags within easy reach for cleanup of any splashes during the project.
Many antiques are finished in old paint compounds that may contain hazardous materials. Dispose of it in a metal container, and keep this in a well ventilated outdoor area until you are able to dispose of them. Check federal, state and local guidelines for proper disposal.
Whether you want to revive a hobby horse like this or restore antique furniture, it's a fairly easy job to strip it and reveal the fresh, clean wood and intricate detailing hiding beneath the old paint. And when you're finished, you'll have a family heirloom for generations to come.
Step 1: Set Up
If you are working with an object that has removable pieces of hardware, such as handles or other ornaments, remove these first carefully and set them aside.
If applying to a vertical surface, plan to begin at the bottom and work up because vapors can accumulate near the floor.
Step 2: Spray It On Thick
Spray an even, liberal coat of Jasco® Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover Aerosol, at least 1/8" thick, onto the painted surface.
If the antique you are working on has a lot of intricate detail, such as sculpted carvings, make sure to spray the stripper generously into the recesses of the wood.
Step 3: Check Progress
After 15-30 minutes, you should start to see the chemical reaction happening. The paint will start to bubble up and swell, and this will show that the finish is separating itself from the surface. Gently rub a small test area with the plastic stripping tool to see if the finish is softened and ready for removal. If not, wait an additional 15 minutes and check again.
Step 4: Remove The Stripper And The Finish Comes With It
Remove loosened finish by gently scraping in direction of wood grain. Reapply stripper as necessary to keep the surface wet. With a low-grit abrasive pad or scraping tool, gently remove stripper, which will be combined with old finish. Continue to alternately scrape, reapply stripper, and wipe with cloths as you progress.
Step 5: Finish up
By now, you should be seeing the fresh, clean surface emerging from beneath all that old finish. Use a clean abrasive pad dipped in Jasco® Odorless MIneral Spirits or paint stripper afterwash to loosen remaining finish and remove any residue. When the antique looks clean and clear of all finish, wipe off using soft cloths dipped in Jasco® Odorless Mineral Spirits. Surface should be completely clean and dry before refinishing. Return unused stripper to the original container.
After each work session, place all rags, applicators, and old-finish residue in a well-ventilated area. Allow liquid to evaporate and residue to dry outdoors then dispose of in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.