DIY Doctor

Stripping ornate cast iron bannister supports

Postby Edpaterson » Thu Mar 26, 2009 11:58 am


Any suggestions for the best way to strip quite ornate cast iron supports for the bannister in a Victorian house. The cast iron has quite a bit of relief in it but has been coated with several coats of paint over the years.

If possible I would prefer a non-sloppy product to minimise the risk to adjacent fittings.


Ed Paterson
Rank: Tradesman
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 29
Joined: Sat Nov 29, 2008 7:06 pm


Gorilla Glue heavy duty grab adhesive

Postby Buzzard73 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:05 pm

I've seen two products that will do exactly what you need:
Peelaway and Readystrip Plus.

Never used Peelaway but it is said to do the same as ready strip (just seems alot more expensive).

I've used ready strip on both door frames and cast iron and you will be amazed at how well it works. The only place I have found who sell it in the UK are based in London and it's £25 for a half gallon tub (25sq.ft coverage). They have an ebay shop which is where I got mine from after using that Nitro stuff which burns like molten lava if you get it on your skin.

Readystrip is odourless and completely biodegradable and safe enough to paint yourself with - although I really wouldn't suggest that! Not very cost effective if you did!
Rank: Apprentice
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 8
Joined: Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:15 pm

Postby rigga » Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:31 pm

Look in the products page for a paint stripping paste, there are quite few on the market you spread on and cover with paper. Leave to soak then peel the paper of and it removes the paint. As usual take precautions when using any chemical paint stripper, e.g. gloves goggles, ventilation.
Rank: Ganger
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 52
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 5:46 pm

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by

  • DIY How to Project Guides
  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!

  • Related Topics