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PAINT & FINISH REMOVAL
sa   HEAT GUN
sa   SANDBLASTING & BEAD BLASTING
x   FURNITURE STRIPPING
x   PAINT & FINISH STRIPPING
x   STRIPPING PAINT & FINISH
xx   PAINT & FINISH

Tip on removing paint from wood grain using a brass wire brush.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER May-Jun 1989 (v.5#3) pg. 8

Tips on stripping limed oak finish.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #18 Jan-Feb 1991 pg. 6

Paint strippers for furniture. Advice from a professional.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #22 Sep-Oct 1991 pg. 48

Tip on removing milk paint using ammonia.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #46 Aug 1995 pg. 8

Strippers. Tips on selection and use of four different chemical categories.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #50 Feb 1996 pg. 72
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #52 Jun 1996 pg. 6

Tip on stripping an old linseed oil finish using hot water and steel scrapers.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #56 Dec 1996 pg. 32

Successful stripping. How to do it safely and effectively.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #73 Jun 1999 pg. 54
Added Info AMERICAN WOODWORKER #77 Dec 1999 pg. 12

Tip on using large tin cans to catch the runoff when stripping or staining the legs of a chair.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #78 Feb 2000 pg. 18

Using methylene chloride-based stripper and a brass wire brush to remove paint from the pores of oak wood.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #79 Apr 2000 pg. 12

Technique for removing water-soluble dye color from wood using household bleach.
AMERICAN WOODWORKER #82 Oct 2000 pg. 108

How to strip wood furniture.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Oct 1978 (v.56#10) pg. 104

Tip: Use cooking oil to remove wet oil-base paint from a wood surface without damaging the finish.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS May 1980 (v.58#5) pg. 225

Advice on using the newer "safe" strippers.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Jun 1999 (v.22#8) pg. 54

Taking it all off. Tips and techniques for using furniture strippers effectively.
CANADIAN HOME WORKSHOP Jul-Aug 1999 (v.22#9) pg. 22

Furniture stripping. The fine art of taking off finishes from furniture, floors and woodwork. Covers both chemical and mechanical removal methods.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1981 (v.4#6) pg. 50

To the finish. Update on paint and varnish strippers.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Mar 1990 (v.13#6) pg. 41
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jun 1990 (v.13#9) pg. 8

A guide to choosing and using the best chemical stripper for the job.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Nov 1994 (v.18#2) pg. 45
Added Info CANADIAN WORKSHOP May 1995 (v.18#8) pg. 5

Practice safe stripping. Traditional paint and varnish removers and some of the relatively new ones compared.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jan 1997 (v.20#4) pg. 13

Strip down. Taking it to the wood. How to remove a paint or varnish finish on wooden furniture.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Feb 1997 (v.20#5) pg. 19

Building a lead-safe future. Dealing with lead-based paint in older housing.
COST CUTS Summer 1994 (v.11#1) pg. 4, 6

Lead hazards in housing. What nonprofit housing organizations need to know.
COST CUTS Fall 1994 (v.11#2) pg. 4

How to approach lead-based paint hazard control during the renovation of housing, with emphasis on complying with the law.
COST CUTS Jul 1995 (v.12#2) pg. 8

How to remove latex paint from plastic dollhouse shutters using ordinary household cleaning supplies.
CREATIVE CRAFTS & MINIATURES #100 Aug 1984 (v.9#4) pg. 12

Tip: Use household ammonia to remove milk paint.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Jun 1983 (v.14#3) pg. 4

Restoring old houses. Part 5. Stripping paint, when and how to do it.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Dec 1991 (v.22#6) pg. 49

Fundamental facts to consider before stripping furniture finishes.
FAMILY CIRCLE Aug 28 1979 (v.92#12) pg. R4 (14+)

How to strip old furniture finishes.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #138 Sep 1972 (v.22#7) pg. 52

How to remove old furniture finishes. A look at both semi-paste and water rinsing removers.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #161 Feb 1975 (v.25#2) pg. 42

How to strip the paint off a brick fireplace.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #193 Oct 1978 (v.28#8) pg. 62

Paint removers. How to choose and use them.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #203 Nov 1979 (v.29#9) pg. 38

A look at the different types of furniture striping systems and tips on when using a professional shop may be a better answer.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #204 Dec 1979 (v.29#10) pg. 24

Tools for removing old paint from house siding and trim. Which ones work best.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #216 Feb 1981 (v.31#2) pg. 8

Guide to furniture refinishing. Part 1. Stripping.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #236 Feb 1983 (v.33#2) pg. 80

Tip: Strip paint with chlorine bleach.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #249 May-Jun 1984 (v.34#5) pg. 152

How to strip and re-surface cast metal hot-water radiators which are covered with many layers of paint.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #249 May-Jun 1984 (v.34#5) pg. 170

Guide to stripping paint and varnish from furniture.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #257 Mar 1985 (v.35#3) pg. 57

Tips on using and sharpening paint scrapers.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #260 Jul-Aug 1985 (v.35#6) pg. 14

Tip: Use a brass bristle brush when stripping finishes from furniture.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #269 May-Jun 1986 (v.36#5) pg. 132

Tips on refinishing interior walls which suffer from peeling paint.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #276 Feb 1987 (v.37#2) pg. 11

Refinish your floors without sanding. (1) Refurbish the surface. (2) Chemically strip and refinish.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #283 Nov 1987 (v.37#9) pg. 52

Refinishing clinic. Choosing between strippers and rejuvenators. Dip stripping. Solvents.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #287 Mar 1988 (v.38#3) pg. 65

Tip: Use half of an aluminum pie tin to scrape and hold the residue when removing paint and finishes.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #287 Mar 1988 (v.38#3) pg. 89

Improve your refinishing. Six ways to get better results on your next refinishing project.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #289 May-Jun 1988 (v.38#5) pg. 107

Restoring an oak table. Furniture refinishing clinic shows how to use a new safe paint stripper, repair a cracked and stained top, use paste wood filler, etc.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #295 Feb 1989 (v.39#2) pg. 54

Tip on using oxalic acid to lighten wood that blackened during stripping.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #303 Nov-Dec 1989 (v.39#10) pg. 18

Use no-stick cooking oil to keep hot paint from sticking to a scraper blade.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #308 May 1990 (v.40#5) pg. 112

Tips on removing paint from ceramic tile.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #309 Jun 1990 (v.40#6) pg. 8

Technique for scraping paint from window glass without damage.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #309 Jun 1990 (v.40#6) pg. 80

Stripping woodwork using the proper tools, techniques and water-based strippers.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #313 Nov-Dec 1990 (v.40#10) pg. 48

Tip describes how to remove old-fashioned milk paint using ammonia.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #318 May 1991 (v.41#5) pg. 16

Tips on stripping paint from a brick fireplace.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #319 Jun 1991 (v.41#6) pg. 9

Basic furniture stripping. A list of tools needed, advice on choosing a stripper and a ten-step process detailed.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #323 Nov-Dec 1991 (v.41#10) pg. 82

How to remove peeling stain from rough cedar house siding.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #324 Jan 1992 (v.42#1) pg. 6

Traditional paint strippers are compared to safe, water-base versions.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #326 Mar 1992 (v.42#3) pg. 12

Tip shows how slotted tin can can be used to remove the glop from a scraper when stripping paint.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #333 Nov-Dec 1992 (v.42#10) pg. 78

Tip shows how to make a hardwood scraper for removing paint from window glass.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #338 May 1993 (v.43#5) pg. 92

Tip on disposing of the gunk and goop which you scrape off when stripping finishes. This plastic milk jug collector lets you capture unused stripper for reuse.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #352 Oct 1994 (v.44#9) pg. 14

Tip on removing paint from small metal objects using laundry detergent and boiling water.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #360 Jul-Aug 1995 (v.45#7) pg. 80

Tip on using sharpened flat washers as paint scrapers for concave surfaces.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #363 Nov 1995 (v.45#10) pg. 43

Paint-stripping basics.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #379 Jun 1997 (v.47#6) pg. 85

How to get rid of spray-painted graffiti.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #380 Jul-Aug 1997 (v.47#7) pg. 13

Faster paint prep. Scraping and sanding tools and techniques.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #387 Apr 1998 (v.48#4) pg. 64

Handling lead paint safely. Safe dust control techniques to use when remodeling, making repairs, or otherwise disturbing lead paint. Related article looks at the sources and hazards of lead paint in an older house.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #390 Jul-Aug 1998 (v.48#7) pg. 67, 88

Gentle stripping. The best technique for removing paint from an old building is described.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #1 Feb-Mar 1981 pg. 33
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #3 Jun-Jul 1981 pg. 4

Tips on removing paint from doors which have gold leaf decorations that have been painted over, and you want to save the gold leaf.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #4 Aug-Sep 1981 pg. 8

How to remove paint from brick using a solution of caustic soda (lye) and cornstarch which will not harm the brick.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #8 Apr-May 1982 pg. 6

Tip on removing old paint from stucco and repainting.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #16 Aug-Sep 1983 pg. 8
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #18 Dec 1983-Jan 1984 pg. 8

Stripping trim. Why and how to take old paint off interior woodwork.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #16 Aug-Sep 1983 pg. 66
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #19 Feb-Mar 1984 pg. 4

Tip: A tin can with a slit will scrap old finish from a putty knife.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #24 Dec 1984-Jan 1985 pg. 24

Tip: Use a horse curry comb as a paint scraper.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #36 Dec 1986-Jan 1987 pg. 16

Tips on removing an incompatible coating from a metal roof.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #44 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 10

Tip: Use a finishing nail chucked in an electric drill to remove paint from screw heads.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 26

Tip on using liquid stripper, sawdust and a stiff brush to remove paint from carved surfaces.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #69 Aug-Sep 1991 pg. 30

Removing exterior paint from buildings using chemical treatments.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #84 Oct-Nov 1993 pg. 72

Stripping heavily-painted cast-iron grates by tossing in a running cement mixer along with 2B gravel.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #98 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 26
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #100 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 8

Suggested method for removing paint from brick.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #119 Oct-Nov 1998 pg. 22

Tip: Formula for a remover to strip casein-base paint from poplar baseboards.
FINE WOODWORKING #8 Fall 1977 pg. 34

Additional information on the safe use of paint stripping compounds.
FINE WOODWORKING #16 May-Jun 1979 pg. 20

Tip on removing old finish from a leather topped table.
FINE WOODWORKING #22 May-Jun 1980 pg. 22

Tip: How to neutralize lye bath paint removers.
FINE WOODWORKING #26 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 32

Notes on clear finishes. Tips on using Watco, Minwax and Deft when refinishing antique furniture. Includes instructions for removing old finish and applying the new.
FINE WOODWORKING #26 Jan-Feb 1981 pg. 64

Tips on removing paint, varnish, and pore filler from a mahogany bedroom suite to be refinished.
FINE WOODWORKING #29 Jul-Aug 1981 pg. 22

Tip: How to chemically clean stripped wood with a solution of "Spic and Span".
FINE WOODWORKING #34 May-Jun 1982 pg. 30

How to remove colored dye from wood when refinishing antique furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #46 May-Jun 1984 pg. 16

Tip: Use sawdust to absorb the old finish when using varnish remover.
FINE WOODWORKING #54 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 14

Tips on working with oxalic acid in furniture stripping.
FINE WOODWORKING #54 Sep-Oct 1985 pg. 18

Tip: Use old aluminum window screen material in place of sandpaper and steel wool when stripping furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #56 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 12

How to remove oil stains from wooden furniture using salt and a heat gun prior to refinishing.
FINE WOODWORKING #57 Mar-Apr 1986 pg. 12

Tips on safely removing a shellac/varnish finish from an older piece of furniture.
FINE WOODWORKING #64 May-Jun 1987 pg. 14
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #65 Jul-Aug 1987 pg. 4

Tip: Remove paint in tight spots, grooves, etc. by using a mixture of sawdust, alcohol and lacquer thinner.
FINE WOODWORKING #73 Nov-Dec 1988 pg. 12

Tips on safe use and disposal of paint strippers.
FINE WOODWORKING #85 Nov-Dec 1990 pg. 30

Removing an old finish using a chemical stripper. Selecting a stripper, needed tools, clean up, etc.
FINE WOODWORKING #93 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 84
Added Info FINE WOODWORKING #94 May-Jun 1992 pg. 6

Stripping finishes the right way. Choosing the chemical best suited for the finish you want to remove.
FINE WOODWORKING #138 Sep-Oct 1999 pg. 81

How to remove paint from stone.
HARROWSMITH #28 Jun 1980 (v.4#8) pg. 122

Tip: Use string to aid in removing paint from turned grooves.
HOME MECHANIX #687 Jul 1985 (v.81) pg. 28

Tip: Quick way to determine if furniture refinisher or paint remover is needed for a particular refinishing job.
HOME MECHANIX #689 Sep 1985 (v.81) pg. 20

Powered paint removers. New, faster ways to prepare your house exterior for painting. What is available and tips on their use.
HOME MECHANIX #711 Jul 1987 (v.83) pg. 32

Cures for peeling paint on your house siding and trim. Looks at removal techniques (sanding, sandblasting, waterblasting, heat stripping, chemical stripping) and siding.
HOME MECHANIX #725 Sep 1988 (v.84) pg. 52
Added Info HOME MECHANIX #730 Feb 1989 (v.85) pg. 4

Tip on removing peeling paint from a plaster ceiling so that all remnents of old glue sizing and/or casein paint can be eliminated prior to repainting.
HOME MECHANIX #743 Mar 1990 (v.86) pg. 78

Stripping interior woodwork. A guide to the safest, most effective methods.
HOME MECHANIX #762 Feb 1992 (v.88) pg. 50

Using scrapers to refinish varnished woodwork. Tips on selection and use.
HOME MECHANIX #782 Feb 1994 (v.90) pg. 20

How to remove old calcimine in order to eliminate a paint peeling problem.
HOMEOWNER Apr 1984 (v.9#3) pg. 15

Tip: Use olive oil to remove paint from hair.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1987 (v.12#7) pg. 73

Furniture revival. How to restore the beauty of furniture by cleaning or stripping the old finish. Includes instructions for building a stripping table. A companion guide to accompany the PBS television series "Hometime".
HOMEOWNER Jan-Feb 1988 (v.13#1) pg. 24

Furniture stripping. How to restore the beauty of old furniture with the right chemicals, tools and techniques.
HOMEOWNER Apr 1989 (v.14#3) pg. 32

Tip: How to remove paint from hair.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Jan-Feb 1981 (v.6#1) pg. 120

How to strip paint the fast way, with a propane torch.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Mar-Apr 1982 (v.7#2) pg. 13

How to strip paint from outside surfaces. Tools and techniques.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #635 Apr 1981 (v.77) pg. 87

Tip: How to remove dried paint splatters from wood furniture that has been finished with varnish and waxed.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #675 Jul 1984 (v.80) pg. 94

Paint strippers. General safety precautions and types of paint strippers.
MODEL AVIATION Aug 1997 (v.23#8) pg. 75

Make heavy-duty paint scrapers from automobile leaf-spring steel.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #82 Jul-Aug 1983 pg. 178

Secrets of paint and stain chemistry. A guide to safe and environment-friendly paints, stains and strippers.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #161 Apr-May 1997 pg. 62

How to get paint remover, paint and varnish out of carved surfaces and grooves. Some tips.
NATIONAL CARVERS REVIEW Fall 1978 (v.9#3) pg. 4

How to remove paint from a limestone fireplace.
NEW SHELTER Mar 1981 (v.2#3) pg. 14

Paint strippers. Results of tests on 28 brands.
NEW SHELTER Jul-Aug 1983 (v.4#6) pg. 32

Tips on removing paint from the grooves of ornate woodwork.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1973 (v.1#1) pg. 4

Tip: How to remove milk paint using ammonia.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1974 (v.2#7) pg. 2

Description of how to combine the use of water-rinsable paint remover and a wallpaper steamer to remove up to 5 coats of paint from a flat surface at the rate of about 1 sq.ft. per minute.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1974 (v.2#8) pg. 5

How to strip paint, shellac and varnish from shutters. Both solid panel and movable louver styles are covered.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1974 (v.2#9) pg. 1

How to remove paint from brick exterior surfaces using a caustic soda solution.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1974 (v.2#10) pg. 2

Fast, economical paint stripper made from lye and starch.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1975 (v.3#2) pg. 2

The case against removing paint from brick masonry.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1975 (v.3#2) pg. 6

Selecting and using chemical paint removers.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1975 (v.3#4) pg. 6

Chemically stripping paint from exterior masonry.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1975 (v.3#5) pg. 6

Tips on using stripping tanks and refinishing stripped wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1975 (v.3#7) pg. 2

Refinishing paint-stripped woodwork.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1976 (v.4#1) pg. 1

Woodwork refinishing clinic. Hints on stripping and refinishing.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1976 (v.4#4) pg. 2

Dealing with old, water-soluble calcimine paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1976 (v.4#5) pg. 2

Danger: Restoration may be hazardous to your health. Cautions concerning various chemicals used in paint removers, paint, drywall, etc.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1976 (v.4#5) pg. 9

Tip on removing oil stain from wood through bleaching.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1976 (v.4#11) pg. 2

Tip: Let an older house with thick paint build-up go through a "self-renewing" process as the thick paint sloughs.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1976 (v.4#11) pg. 2

Floor refinishing, a radical alternative. Using paint and varnish remover instead of machine sanding or hand scraping methods.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1977 (v.5#8) pg. 89

Tips on removing paint from fireplace brick.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1977 (v.5#9) pg. 98
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1977 (v.5#12) pg. 134

How to remove flecks of paint from the pores of open-grained woods after stripping paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1977 (v.5#12) pg. 134

How to remove woodwork for paint stripping. A description of how intricate turn-of-the-century Queen Anne woodwork was removed without damage, mapped and stamped with identifying numbers on each piece, stripped and refinished.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1978 (v.6#2) pg. 13

Restoration of a North Carolina "catslide" house. Describes the removal of the paint from the heart pine siding by sandblasting.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1978 (v.6#2) pg. 15

Tip on how to remove paint and varnish from old hardware such as doorknobs, drawer pulls, etc.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1978 (v.6#9) pg. 107

Tip: How to remove paint residue left in the pores of wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1979 (v.7#1) pg. 10

Tip: How to keep chemical paint removers from evaporating before the paint layers have softened all the way through.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1979 (v.7#1) pg. 11

Removing paint on the outside of an old house. Cautions against using blow torches. Method of choice, sanding, is described.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1979 (v.7#6) pg. 69

Tip: How to keep paint remover from evaporating before it has done the job.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1979 (v.7#6) pg. 71

How to deal with peeling problems on stripped shutters.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1979 (v.7#8) pg. 94

Comments and cautions on removing exterior paint with a rotary sander.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1979 (v.7#8) pg. 95

Tip: How to use sawdust with a stripping chemical to remove old finishes from wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1979 (v.7#10) pg. 119

Tip: How to use petroleum jelly to take paint off your skin.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1979 (v.7#10) pg. 119

Note of caution on the use of Enamelac as a sealer to isolate the finish coats of paint from chemical stripper residue left in the wood on exterior shutters.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1979 (v.7#11) pg. 122

How to test dip-stripped wood to determine whether the stripping chemicals have been neutralized and rinsed out.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan 1980 (v.8#1) pg. 11

A look at the hazards of stripping lead-based paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1980 (v.8#4) pg. 38
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1980 (v.8#10) pg. 138

Tip: How to use artist's palette knives as flexible scrapers for ornate plaster molding.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1980 (v.8#6) pg. 70

How to take down an old plaster medallion from a ceiling, remove paint, repair, repaint, and reattach to the ceiling.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1980 (v.8#8) pg. 95

Tip: Use green nylon kitchen scouring pads instead of steel wool when removing paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1981 (v.9#5) pg. 102

Tip: Remove paint from metal by using this formula of lye (caustic soda) and water.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1981 (v.9#8) pg. 188

Tip: How to remove paint from door knobs, window locks, hinges, etc. by "cooking" them in a solution of water and baking soda.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1981 (v.9#8) pg. 190

Tip: Remove paint from finely detailed wood by using dental drills.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1981 (v.9#8) pg. 190

Refinishing clinic. Using logic and good preparation when refinishing woodwork.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1981 (v.9#10) pg. 229

Tip: How to remove paint from the crevices of black marble.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1981 (v.9#10) pg. 232

Tip: Formula for disolving old varnish over decorative wall stenciling without damaging the stenciling.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1981 (v.9#12) pg. 282

Tip: Try scraping before using chemical paint removers.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Feb 1982 (v.10#2) pg. 48

Guidelines for using dip-stripping to remove paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1982 (v.10#8) pg. 157

Tip: Use oil-dry compounds to remove the residue left by stripping paint from floors with a water-soluble paint stripper.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1982 (v.10#9) pg. 187

Tip: How to use a heat gun, water-soluble stripper, hot water and TSP to remove paint from wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1982 (v.10#9) pg. 187

Tip: Formula for a homemade refinisher made from alcohol and lacquer thinner. Est. cost: $10 per gallon.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1982 (v.10#11) pg. 227

Tip: Cover paint remover with plastic wrap to prevent drying and to speed up the process.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1982 (v.10#11) pg. 227

Stripping paint. Sometimes it's not worth the trouble. When it is, no single method does it all. Reviews several ways to strip paint from wood. Helps you decide if you should strip.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1982 (v.10#12) pg. 249

Tip on removing paint from the pores of wood using shellac.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1983 (v.11#1) pg. 17

Tip: Use sawdust to absorb paint stripper.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1983 (v.11#1) pg. 26

48 paint stripping tips.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1983 (v.11#2) pg. 44

Tips on removing calcimine paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1983 (v.11#9) pg. 202

Tip on stripping brass hardware using a mixture of wood ashes and water.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1983 (v.11#9) pg. 207

Paint removal. Includes tips on using the "heat plate", removing paint from corners and cracks, proper clothes to wear, etc.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1984 (v.12#1) pg. 12

Tip: Use a wire brush wheel to remove paint from cast-iron hardware.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1984 (v.12#2) pg. 43

Tips on removing paint from an old, upright piano.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1984 (v.12#2) pg. 48

Tip on removing a "limed" finish from oak woodwork.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jun 1984 (v.12#5) pg. 108

Paint-encrusted plaster. A review of all options to deal with paint-encrusted plaster. They include living with it, covering it, or stripping off the paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1984 (v.12#6) pg. 111

Tip on removing paint from cast-iron radiators.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul 1984 (v.12#6) pg. 126

Use "Fast" Wallpaper Remover and hot water to remove latex and calcimine paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov 1984 (v.12#9) pg. 200

Stripping exterior masonry. How to decide whether or not to strip paint from masonry how to use a test patch to select a contractor and stripping method. Chemical technology is explained, along with hazardous waste disposal requirements. An insert describes the hazards of sandblasting masonry.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1985 (v.13#1) pg. 1

How to strip paint from brick using a homemade, lye-based stripper.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1985 (v.13#1) pg. 28

Tip: Rub rough cement-block and ashlar foundations with a piece of sandstone to get rid of oil-paint spills.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1985 (v.13#3) pg. 60

How to remove calcimine paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1985 (v.13#8) pg. 179

How and when to strip paint from exterior wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1985 (v.13#10) pg. 207
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1986 (v.14#2) pg. 60
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1986 (v.14#4) pg. 156

Tip: Remove varnish from interior woodwork with pads cut from old horsehair carpet padding.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1986 (v.14#1) pg. 46

Tip on removing calcimine paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar 1986 (v.14#2) pg. 89

Tip: Advice on how to remove lacquer from metal.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1986 (v.14#3) pg. 144

Tip: Clay cat litter on top of newspapers catches fluids when stripping interior woodwork.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1986 (v.14#3) pg. 144

Uncovering decorative painting. Suggestions on historical research, locating overpainted images, removing covering layers, cleaning and repair, surface preparation and in-painting to replicate damaged portions.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May 1986 (v.14#4) pg. 180

Flow-on (cold-tray) paint stripping technique is described and evaluated.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1986 (v.14#6) pg. 279

Tip: Cake-frosting knife recommended rather than putty knife when removing old paint from moldings.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1986 (v.14#6) pg. 296

Tip on how to remove paint from ceramic wall tile.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1986 (v.14#7) pg. 350

How to get rid of unwanted texture finish on walls and ceilings. Describes steaming it off, removing sand paint, stripping moldings and covering a finish you can't get rid of.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Oct 1986 (v.14#8) pg. 374

Tip: Wrap delicately carved, soft pine moldings in aluminum foil after paste-type paint remover is applied. After several hours, the paint can be wiped clean with burlap.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Dec 1986 (v.14#10) pg. 488

Tip for stripping paint from antique hinges.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1987 (v.15#1) pg. 14

How to clean up wood after stripping and before finishing. Describes cleaning up corners, joints and open pores, removing marks, making repairs, filling little holes and other cosmetic touch-ups.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1987 (v.15#1) pg. 43

Tip: Lye solution suggested to clean painted finish off metal hardware.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1987 (v.15#4) pg. 58

Tip: Shellac finish can be removed with denatured alcohol.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1987 (v.15#4) pg. 58

Tip: Use a cotter-pin puller to help remove paint from tight crevices.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1988 (v.16#1) pg. 18

The basics of stripping paint from just about anything. Looks at woodwork, metals, marble, interior brick, plaster, and glass.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1988 (v.16#1) pg. 38
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1988 (v.16#3) pg. 8

Tips on "selective stripping" of paint without damaging a nearby painted surface.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1988 (v.16#2) pg. 14

Commercial paint stripping. Sub-contracting interior jobs. Spec'ing a job, costs, and a comparison of two different systems.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1988 (v.16#4) pg. 29
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1988 (v.16#5) pg. 4

Tip on stripping latex paint off a surface previously painted with oil-based paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1988 (v.16#5) pg. 14

Tips on removing tar or oil-based paint from hands and tools.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1989 (v.17#1) pg. 20

Tip: Procedure for removing thick coats of enamel paint from wood floors.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1989 (v.17#1) pg. 20

Tip: Safest method for stripping paint from wood moldings is exposure to the elements out of doors.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1989 (v.17#4) pg. 14

Stripping paint from windows without breaking the glass. Covers dry scraping, chemical and heat gun methods.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1989 (v.17#5) pg. 39

Tips on dealing with residual wax films from methylene chloride-based strippers when varnishing wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1989 (v.17#6) pg. 16

Restoration materials of the 1990s. A guide to materials that are low in volatile organic compounds.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1989 (v.17#6) pg. 28

Paint stripper formula consisting of lye, water and corn starch.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1990 (v.18#2) pg. 21

Chemical paint strippers. Selection and use of methylene chloride, caustic and alternative paint strippers.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1991 (v.19#1) pg. 36

Tip on removing the paint flecks that often remain in the pores when stripping painted oak wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1991 (v.19#2) pg. 30

Tip on using "Mr. Muscle" oven cleaner as a paint stripper.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1991 (v.19#3) pg. 16

Tip on using a steam iron and cloth to remove several layers of varnish and shellac from wood.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1991 (v.19#6) pg. 14

What to do about peeling ceilings. Tips to make removing failing paint less work.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1993 (v.21#1) pg. 34

Survival guide. The best advice from 20 years of OHJ. (1) Where to begin a renovation. (2) Cleaning tips. (3) Saving old plaster. (4) Basic tools. (5) Do-it-yourself scaffolds. (6) Wood floor care and repair. (7) Stripping paint.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1993 (v.21#5) pg. Insert

Tip on neutralizing caustic-based paint stripper.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1993 (v.21#5) pg. 60

Tip on using TSP (trisodium phosphate) as a mild paint stripper.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1994 (v.22#4) pg. 24

How to clean and neutralize wooden shutters that have been dip-stripped with a hot caustic.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1994 (v.22#5) pg. 30

Expert techniques for restoring wood finishes. A description of stripping, repair and refinishing elaborate woodwork in a Prairie-style house. Includes a description of repairing veneer "bubbles" and damaged areas, and of replacing split and missing splines in panels.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1996 (v.24#2) pg. 38

Tip suggests using sawdust or wood shavings for removing paint stripper residue.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1996 (v.24#5) pg. 20

Tip shows how to create a mini-dipping tank for removing paint from stair balusters.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1996 (v.24#6) pg. 16

Picking the right paint remover.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1967 (v.128#1) pg. 164

Backpack paint removing machine. An electric motor mounted on a plywood frame which you carry on your back, a flexible shaft and a circular wire brush, make an effective paint removal system for large areas, like the side of a house.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1974 (v.141#5) pg. 152

How to make your own paint remover. Instructions for a hot lye stripper, for a trisodium phosphate paste, and for bleaching with laundry bleach.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1979 (v.152#5) pg. 187
Added Info POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1980 (v.153#3) pg. 6

Paint strippers: beware of the hidden hazard. Proper dress and ventilation are essential to safe paint stripping.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1983 (v.160#4) pg. 65

How to strip woodwork using chemicals, heat, and mechanical techniques.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1986 (v.163#5) pg. 121

Wood-stripping decisions. Alternative methods of removing paint from woodwork when restoring an old house.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1988 (v.165#3) pg. 41

Tip on using newspaper to reduce evaporation of paint removal chemicals.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1988 (v.165#6) pg. 57

SPECIAL SECTION on furniture refinishing. (1) Tools. (2) Striping old finishes. (3) Applying stain, sealer, grain filler, varnish, oil, and wax. (4) Spray finishing. (5) Best new finishes. (6) Restoring a veneered table.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1993 (v.170#11) pg. 59

Removing paint from wood. Three methods discussed, chemical, mechanical (sanding, scraping, etc.), and heat.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1966 (v.188#4) pg. 150

Suggestions on when you should not use a commercial furniture (paint) stripping service. A comparison of the various commercial methods and their effect on wood is discussed.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1973 (v.203#3) pg. 82

Aerosol paint removers. What is available and tips on their use.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1984 (v.224#1) pg. 94

Tip on removing old paint from inside the grooves of chair legs, etc. using paint remover and string.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #77 Mar 1994 (v.13#5) pg. 8

Tip on using sawdust to improve the action of paint remover.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #84 May 1995 (v.14#6) pg. 8

Tips on removing traces of red aniline dye left after stripping simulated mahogany furniture.
POPULAR WOODWORKING #85 Jul 1995 (v.15#1) pg. 13

How to strip paint from wood-beamed ceilings.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Sep 1986 (v.1#1) pg. 58

Suggestions on how to remove lead paint in the least-hazardous ways.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Nov-Dec 1986 (v.1#3) pg. 18

Stripping wood finishes with chemicals and heat. Some tips.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Jul-Aug 1987 (v.2#6) pg. 62

Tip on removing paint from brick.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Mar 1988 (v.3#3) pg. 17

Finish with the best. Special section on interior finishing. Topics covered include wood floors, cabinets, furniture, paint stripping, etc.
PRACTICAL HOMEOWNER Oct 1990 (v.5#7) pg. 58

Tips on stripping paint from furniture.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Spring 1982 pg. 8

Tip: Improve the effectivness of paint removers by covering them with wax paper and let stand for 15-20 minutes or longer.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #46 Dec 1985-Jan 1986 pg. 66

Tip: Use sawdust along with paint remover to make the process less messy.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #49 Jun-Jul 1986 pg. 93

Tips on scraping paint using a simple, cheap putty knife with a thin blade.
SMALL BOAT JOURNAL #58 Dec 1987-Jan 1988 pg. 67

Aircraft paint stripping. Pros and cons of dry stripping vs chemical stripping.
SPORT AVIATION Mar 1989 (v.38#3) pg. 57

A look at various methods to strip paint, both chemical and no-chemical approaches.
SUNSET Mar 1978 (v.160#3) pg. 158

Tip on catching chemical strippers that slide down the legs of furniture.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #822 Feb 1998 (v.94) pg. 26

Tip on using sawdust to aborb the old finish and excess paint remover during the scraping process.
TODAY'S HOMEOWNER #831 Dec 1998-Jan 1999 (v.94) pg. 27

Tip on removing paint from plastics or vinyl without harm.
VINTAGE AIRPLANE Nov 1994 (v.22#11) pg. 9

Tip: Use rubber gloves and sawdust to remove stripper and old finish from difficult spots (such as turned chair legs, etc.).
WOOD MAGAZINE #4 Apr 1985 (v.2#2) pg. 16

Tip: Attach a string to small parts and drop into a coffee can with enough stripper to cover.
WOOD MAGAZINE #9 Feb 1986 (v.3#1) pg. 18

Off with the old. A workshop guide to furniture stripping.
WOOD MAGAZINE #9 Feb 1986 (v.3#1) pg. 72

Tip on removing stains caused by combining steel wool with 3M's new "Safety Stripper".
WOOD MAGAZINE #30 Aug 1989 (v.6#4) pg. 12

Tip on modifying a paint brush to facilitate scrubbing away the loosened finish from intricate carvings, deep grain, and other hard-to-reach areas.
WOOD MAGAZINE #31 Oct 1989 (v.6#5) pg. 18

Four nontoxic workshop mixtures. (1) Milk paint. (2) Paint remover. (3) Brush softener. (3) Stain remover.
WOOD MAGAZINE #44 Aug 1991 (v.8#5) pg. 68
Added Info WOOD MAGAZINE #51 Apr 1992 (v.9#3) pg. 8

A report on tests and evaluations of 59 finish-removal products from 18 manufacturers.
WOOD MAGAZINE #53 Aug 1992 (v.9#5) pg. 54

Eight time-tested strategies for removing wood finishes.
WOOD MAGAZINE #58 Jan 1993 (v.10#1) pg. 62

Shop-made wooden paint scraper won't mar refinishing job.
WOOD MAGAZINE #70 Jun 1994 (v.11#4) pg. 13

Tip on using a cardboard box with slits cut in the sides to scrap the goop off of a putty knife when removing paint and finish.
WOOD MAGAZINE #137 Nov 2001 (v.18#8) pg. 37

The art of brightwork. Part 1. Four effective methods for removing finishes from wooden boats.
WOODENBOAT #81 Mar-Apr 1988 pg. 88
Correction WOODENBOAT #82 May-Jun 1988 pg. 95

Scrapers. How to select, make, sharpen and use a whole variety of form-fitting scrapers for removing paint or dirt, shaping wood, flattening wood, etc.
WOODENBOAT #90 Sep-Oct 1989 pg. 113

Removing boat finishes using chemical strippers. What is available and some comparison tests.
WOODENBOAT #105 Mar-Apr 1992 pg. 124

Removing an old finish to get down to bare wood when refinishing a boat. Various techniques viewed.
WOODENBOAT #149 Jul-Aug 1999 pg. 82

Choosing and using paint strippers.
WOODWORK #36 Dec 1995 pg. 69

Tips on bleaching new pieces of pine in order to get the same coloration as will be found in old pieces of pine which have been stripped of paint or stain.
WOODWORKER #1034 Jan 1980 (v.84) pg. 56

How to strip both "reversible" and "non-reversible" finishes from wood.
WOODWORKER #1107 Feb 1986 (v.90#2) pg. 165

Tip on removing acrylic paint from a relief carving.
WOODWORKER #1114 Sep 1986 (v.90#9) pg. 768

Tips on using a chemical stripper and then preparing the surface to receive a new finish.
WOODWORKER Jul 1987 (v.91#7) pg. 590

Tips on stripping shellac-based finishes from a carved, oriental table.
WOODWORKER Feb 1988 (v.92#2) pg. 147

Furniture restoring. Coats of paint and layers of varnish may hide an antique. How to test for different finishes and then remove them.
WOODWORKER Oct 1988 (v.92#10) pg. 868
Added Info WOODWORKER Jan 1989 (v.93#1) pg. 104

Tips on removing paint from an elaborately decorated frame made of plaster (gesso).
WOODWORKER Jun 1989 (v.93#6) pg. 559

Finishing and polishing in furniture restoration. Treatment of some traditional finishes and how best to deal with them. Part 1. Stripping surfaces in preparation for refinishing.
WOODWORKER Apr 1995 (v.99#4) pg. 48

Tips on cleaning wood after stripping an old finish and before putting on a new finish.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1981 (v.5#5) pg. 5

Restoring antiques. Stripping old finishes.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL May-Jun 1984 (v.8#3) pg. 12

Restoring antiques. Homemade paint and varnish removers.
WOODWORKER'S JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1984 (v.8#4) pg. 14

Refinishing furniture. Illustrates removal of old finish, repair of surface and application of new finish by spray painting.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1964 (v.20#1) pg. 36

Removing exterior paints from brick.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1964 (v.20#2) pg. 50

How to strip paint or varnish from woodwork.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1965 (v.21#3) pg. 48

Tips on stripping (removing) paint from fireplace brick and marble.
WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1967 (v.23#6) pg. 58

Removing paint from household woodwork using paint remover and steel wool. Refinishing with a stain will change appearance of a room.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1968 (v.24#1) pg. 52

How to remove paint and varnish with water-soluble paste or semi-paste removers.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1974 (v.30#3) pg. 8

How to refinish kitchen cabinets. Includes instructions for stripping the old finish and refinishing them.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1974 (v.30#4) pg. 8

Tip: Make a tool to clean paint from screw slots.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1980 (v.36#5) pg. 11

Easy way to strip furniture removes finish fast. Techniques for letting the paint remover do most of the work. Formula for a "wash down" solution.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1986 (v.42#3) pg. 87

The art of removing unwanted finishes. Deciding when to strip, partial stripping, techniques, tools, etc.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1989 (v.45#4) pg. 10

Tips for using sawdust to remove sanding disk adhesive, remove paint stripper, and clean your hands.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1989 (v.45#5) pg. 93

Tip on making stripping tools from bamboo to remove old finish from cracks and crevices without damaging the furniture.
WORKBENCH Mar-Apr 1990 (v.46#2) pg. 10

How to pick the paint and varnish stripper that best suits your needs. Part 1.
WORKBENCH Aug-Sep 1993 (v.49#4) pg. 16

Strippers. Part 2. 22 steps for using all common solvent-based strippers.
WORKBENCH Dec 1993-Jan 1994 (v.49#6) pg. 17

Tip on stripping the finish off thin veneer and possible impact on the veneer glue.
WORKBENCH Apr-May 1994 (v.50#2) pg. 18

Tip shows how a slot cut in a tin can will clean a putty knife of stripped paint or varnish.
WORKBENCH Feb 1997 (v.53#1) pg. 16

Tip on using a length of chain to remove peeling paint from a metal pole or pipe.
WORKBENCH #251 Jan-Feb 1999 (v.55#1) pg. 16