Who can resist a stripping joke once in a while, right? Heat gun in hand, yesterday I went to work on the entry trim. I wanted to have a little reality check with my fellow strippers out there.
Here is a picture of the boards I stripped yesterday.
Here's a close-up
If you count the boards in the top photo, there are 8. Eight boards took me about 4 1/2 hours, which is 33.75 minutes per board. I am throwing down the gauntlet now, "Can you do it faster?" And if so, please do tell how. I had to do the front and sides and to be fair keep that in mind.
This is way faster than chemical strippers for certain. I have used the SPR in the past on some doors and I think that was faster.
Here's a photo of my heat gun. I have to say that I don't feel as attached as some people, but then I haven't done any major stripping for a year, so we are just getting reacquainted now.
See my index finger there poised? Well, that little digit is numb today. I forgot about that part. 5 or so hours of holding a vibrating gun and my finger goes numb. I was wearing chemical resistent gloves, but maybe leather would prevent this?
And finally, I've seen quite a few discussions of stripping wood around glass. Here's one solution we've found: Heat shields. Plumbers use them and we got ours at a plumbing supply store, but it seems to work well for protecting glass while stripping.
Oh, one other question I had for people, do you wash down the boards with Denatured alchohol immediately after heat gunning them? Or do you pile them up and go back and wash them all down at once.
1. I noticed that letting the boards sit out in the hot sun is helpful because the sun starts the process. The boards that were sitting out melting stripped faster.
Next weekend, I'll wash down the boards and finish the remaining boards. They are mostly plynth blocks and smaller pieces of trim so it shouldn't take as long.