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RESTORING, CONVERTING AND EXTENDING

I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO REMOVE THE PAINT FROM AN OLD, POSSIBLY LATE 16TH / EARLY 17TH STAIRCASE TO EXPOSE THE TIMBER BELOW. FROM A SMALL AREA THAT I HAVE MANAGED TO CLEAN IT APPEARS TO BE OF OAK, WHICH WOULD LOOK LOVELY ONCE STRIPPED AND POLISHED. HOWEVER I HAVE COME ACROSS A LAYER OF VERY HARD PAINT THAT I HAVE TO USE A DISC GRINDER ON TO REMOVE AS NO PAINT REMOVER, HEAT GUN OR OTHER METHOD SEEMS TO TOUCH IT. I AM WORRIED THAT I WILL DAMAGE THE WOOD IF I USE THIS METHOD.



If the staircase is of the age you think it is then you are probably doing irreparable damage to a piece of our heritage.  Do not do any more work to it, but get a specialist conservator in to assist and advice you.  You may also be breaching listed building legislation if..


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