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Old 05-10-16, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default How do i get paint off of slate??

Picked up a slate generator board. Got a few switches, gauge etc but its been painted black. I want to get the paint off & see whats underneath without wrecking it. Any advice welcome.
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Acetone, or a heat gun and scraper.
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Paint stripper?????

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Thank chaps, I know it seems obvious but i'm thinking about the surface & the best way to get it looking like clean slate. After i've shifted the paint i'm wondering if sanding is a good idea any ideas on slate preparation.
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I would be using paint stripper, but I would try it on the back first to make sure there isn't a chemical reaction with the stone. Get your paint stripper from the internet, not from B&Q.

I would then seek the advice of a Monumental Mason on how to finish the stone. I have a feeling that slate can be pollished with wax. It can be restored using substances available from clock suppliers (Meadows & Passmore) that are made for restoring marble (actually slate) mantle clocks, but the materials are expensive.

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I would be using paint stripper, but I would try it on the back first to make sure there isn't a chemical reaction with the stone. Get your paint stripper from the internet, not from B&Q.

I would then seek the advice of a Monumental Mason on how to finish the stone. I have a feeling that slate can be pollished with wax. It can be restored using substances available from clock suppliers (Meadows & Passmore) that are made for restoring marble (actually slate) mantle clocks, but the materials are expensive.

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Thanks Martin. I was concerned about how the stripper may affect the slate. What do you reckon to cellulose thinners, i've used it to strip paint before.? Theres a monumental mason not far from here, good idea. Stopped using nitromors when they changed it. Its a waste of effort now. I bought another brand a while back & it said to apply it & wait for 24 hours then re apply. Lifes too short. It's still in the tin.
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Nitromors is useless!

I get my stripper from eBay, from a car sprayer supplier. It smells, and works, like good old stripper, and is about 1/3 of the price of Nitromors.

I used cellulose thinners once (because I was forced to - urgent job, nothing else to hand) and I will never do it again; it was a hateful, smelly, and bloody filthy job!

I think if truth be told - no method of stripping paint is perfect; they all have their disadvantages, but I generally revert to a decent stripper. I'm not keen on mechanical stripping; there's too much risk of damaging what's underneath.

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What bout taking it to one of those persons that dips & strips paint off of wooden doors ?
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What bout taking it to one of those persons that dips & strips paint off of wooden doors ?
Dont think i'd trust them with slate, bit fragile. That'd be caustic might get between the layers.
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I'd try a hot air gun and scraper before attacking it with any chemicals.

We use something called slate dressing on the fireplace - brings it up nice but doesn't seem to last too long before it needs doing again.

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