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Removing Paint From A Wooden Shotgun Shell Box

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by DoubleAuto, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. DoubleAuto

    DoubleAuto Well-Known Member

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    I recently purchased a wooden Winchester Ranger Skeet 12 Gauge Box. There are two 1/4-inch to 3/8-inch spots of white paint on the box sides. Neither spot is on top of any of the printing on the box. What is the best way to remove these two paint spots without messing up the underlying box finish?

    Any help is appreciated.

    DoubleAuto
     
  2. wireguy

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    Does it look like typical water base house paint? I asked a similar question here recently and was told by a pro painter to put some oven cleaner on it and wait about 25 minutes. In your case wood finish remover might work well too.
     
  3. DoubleAuto

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    I believe it is water base house paint. Thanks for the information.
     
  4. Stl Flyn

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    Water base means it is more than likely, latex. Latex does not stick to bare wood well, without a primer first. I would try a rag soaked in Acetone. Hold it on the painted area. What it will do is soften the paint hopefully without dissolving it to the point that it sinks into the grain. You may be able to lift it off, or possibly a light scraping will work. If there is any residual paint left in the grain, you may be able to get it out of the grain with a clean rag with some Acetone on it. May need a nylon brush to clean it out of the grain. A stiff toothbrush may work also. Although the Acetone may melt the bristles. Acetone evaporates very quickly. May want to try brushing it while dry first, to remove the residual from the grain. CAUTION: Acetone is some wicked stuff, similar to oven cleaner. Highly ventilated area! Like outside.
     
  5. schockstrap

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    StlFlyn, you should probably look up the MSDS for acetone -- it would ease your mind. It isn't anywhere close to as "wicked" as oven cleaner (sodium hydroxide). Acetone ranks right up there with ethanol in terms of adverse health effects. Even the EPA has delisted acetone as a VOC.

    --Dan
     
  6. bigbore613

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    There is a product called goof off.Found at Lowes ,home depot. Jeff
     
  7. Bigbird

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    Take a sharp blade & cut it off or scrape it a little at a time. Don't use any removers. Use an old toothbrush that is dirty to cover up any new bare wood that you nick.
     
  8. halfmile

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    Heat gun. Gently, with a fine brush to lift it after it softens.

    HM
     
  9. Pull & Mark

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    HM is correct. Heat from a small micro torch for a second or two/ several inches away, and try to lift/ or roll paint off with your finger nail if you can, if not a smooth plastic putty knife. Solvents only work with oil based paints. Solvents will ruin the finish around and under the latex paint if its any stronger than mineral spirits. Goof-off will ruin the finish on your box. You can melt/burn the paint off this way. Id try to protect the area around the paint drops with something metal like a small sheet of metal with a 1/4 or 3/16 inch hole drilled in it to line up on the paint drop only held just off the box should protect the area around the drops. Work one drop at a time. Good Luck and break em all. Jeff
     
  10. DoubleAuto

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    Thanks to everyone for their suggestions. I am going to try a couple on paint that is on the bottom of the shotshell box.

    DoubleAuto