Mrs. Fixit: Paint Strippers

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March 23, 2011 7:32:52 AM PDT
Stripping paint can be a labor intensive and smelly process, but I have a couple of solutions that aren't either and they cost next to nothing!

To strip paint off of smaller items like knobs and hinges, you need a crockpot. Either use your crockpot with a liner which you can pick up at the local grocery store, or pick up an old crock pot at a yard sale and use it only for stripping paint.

Fill the crockpot three quarters full with water and add a few tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent.

Drop your items into the pot and set the crockpot on high for about eight hours. Depending on the amount of paint it may take less time.

Remove the items and the paint will simply peel away. An old toothbrush will help you get into the cracks and crevices. Then all you have to do is rinse the item clean.

The second solution works better for larger items like furniture.

Make a thick paste of washing soda and boiling water. You can pick up washing soda at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle.

Wearing gloves, spread the paste over the paint that you want to remove and let it sit. You want to keep the paste moist so spritz it with some hot water every hour.

After several hours, test the paste with a putty knife, the paint should peel right off. If it doesn't let it sit for a while longer and try again.

Easy and inexpensive ideas for stripping paint! I'm Mrs. Fixit and it's just that simple!