What is the best way to strip the T wooden wheels with out damaging the wood? Thanks in advance. Tim
Citristrip is good, non-toxic, works. Put the wheel covered in citristrip in a trash bag to really make it work well. Harsh stuff like Aircraft remover, methylene chloride works but is noxious stuff.
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I used a product called Ready-Strip. Use gloves and steal-wool, water rinse-off. It may take a couple of times but it worked for me.
Wear gloves and shave the spokes with pieces of broken glass.
I just did this a couple months ago used Citristrip worked great. Coat it let it sit then scrap and repeat did this about 4 or 5 times to get it all. I also used a scotch brite and a paint scraper bent to the curve of the spindles.
I was doing the stripper method. Then I went to walnut shell in a small sandblasting cabinet. You can alter air pressure to make sure you don't damage anything. Probably about 45 minutes per wheel.
Aircraft stripper with lots of fresh air. Worked well for me.
I do the sandblast cabinet method. Much faster than liquid strippers or broken glass scrapers. I've done both of those. They work but I have other things to do with my time. I use light pressure on the blaster...15 to 20 psi. It even works on coils. If blasting takes too much of the wood, the wheel was probably not good enough to use anyway.
familiarize your self with a cabinet scraper. there are different sizes that can be ground to any curve. The trick is learning how to sharpen one----the flat 3x5 inch is my favorite a sharp one will remove about one thou of finish or wood in one swipe you can see through a swipe of wood its so thin.
The metal is sharpened by sanding or grinding to a square edge---then burnished with a tool like an awl to make it like a very fine hook scraper. It works for any wood except teak dulls the hook fast. Any good cabinet maker will know about them.