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  • Benton, KS
Asked on Jan 5, 2019

How do I remove paint from brass/tin strips on an old steamer trunk?

VSRebecca TaylorLynn Sorrell
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6 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jan 5, 2019

    Use some paint stripper with a small brush. Will wash off.

  • Michelle Leslie
    on Jan 5, 2019

    Hi there, this might sound strange but you can simply fill an old pot with water and bring the water to a gentle boil. Carefully place your strips in in the pot using a pair of grilling tongs, and after a few minutes, the paint should begin to come right off. To polish them up nicely afterwards with a mixture of equal parts flour, salt, and vinegar

  • Lynn Sorrell
    on Jan 5, 2019

    real fine steel wool

  • Rebecca Taylor
    on Jan 6, 2019

    Hi VS, I have had good luck with using Murphys oil soap full strength. Just put it straight on a cloth and rub on the paint then rinse off when you have all the paint removed.

  • VS
    on Jan 7, 2019

    Thanks everyone (Rebecca, Lynn, Michelle,and Kelli) The steamer trunk has the tin and brass attached to the trunk as well wood strips. I hate to take the strips of tin and the hinges off the trunk, I’m afraid they would bend leaving a crease or breke. So I’m going to try paint stripper lightly and remove as many layers of paint as I can then go to Murphy oil Soap with the fine steel wool. Thanks again everyone!

  • VS
    on Jan 7, 2019

    Thanks everyone (Rebecca, Lynn, Michelle,and Kelli) The steamer trunk has the tin and brass attached to the trunk as well wood strips. I hate to take the strips of tin and the hinges off the trunk, I’m afraid they would bend leaving a crease or breke. So I’m going to try paint stripper lightly and remove as many layers of paint as I can then go to Murphy oil Soap with the fine steel wool. Thanks again everyone!

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