|Forum topic by Charlie||posted 07-10-2013 12:30 PM||637 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-10-2013 12:30 PM
I have had my studio easel for well over 30 years and got it used from someone who had it in a garage loft for who knows how long. It was painted white. It is in need of repair so I thought I’d try stripping it so I could see what I have to start with. I used Citrus Strip on it.
First application… took that white latex off like nobody’s business in about 20 or 30 minutes. Then there’s a layer of black. Might be some kind of enamel. That comes off pretty easy with a second application of stripper OR if I let the stripper sit on the white (first application) for a couple hours.
THEN there’s a green color. In order to get that one off I have to apply the stripper again and let it sit about 8 hours. That’s when I found out there are TWO different green layers. Then what appears to be a stain or colored varnish or something. I got it down to bare wood in a couple of test areas. Was kind of hoping to see some nice wood or something, but it doesn’t appear that’s going to be the case.
By the time I get this stripped… and I’ll have to take it apart to a large degree to do that, and spend another 30 or 40 dollars for more stripper (the quart I bought just ain’t gonna do it). I’d almost be better off taking what I’d spend on stripper and just buying some decent pine and build a new one. Why pine and not walnut or oak or cherry? Oh I’ve seen some $1600 easels. They’re gorgeous. But you know what? I GET PAINT ON MINE! It’s a tool. Not a piece of furniture. It’s a FIXTURE that holds a canvas. :)
So… Citrus Strip is kinda slow. Would a less-safe stripper do this faster? And hopefully in one application instead of 3 or 4?