What can I do about dark blue banister and baseboards?

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Just bought a new(old) house and can't seem to get rid of the dark blue paint on my wooden surfaces in the living room and stairs. I don't want to repaint them. I would like natural wood. (It's cherry).
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 09, 2016
    You can try WD40, Goof Off, Goo Gone or Krud Kutter.

  • Jen R Jen R on May 09, 2016
    Have you tried a paint stripper? That is what I would use (and have used) to remove paint on wood surfaces. There are several brands and some that are environmentally friendly (less toxic) than others. Whichever you chose, work in a well ventilated area.

    • ReneJackson ReneJackson on May 09, 2016
      The area is closed off and with a child in the house I was afraid to use a chemical. I did try a heat "gun" but burnt a spot. I'm afraid to use it again. I also tried to sand it but the sandpaper got gummy. The banister seems to have 5 or layers.

  • Susan Susan on May 09, 2016
    There are " low to no" VOC strippers. Just read the labels. Strippers are much more user friendly and efficient than they used to be. Buy the kind you paint on thickly and lay paper over while it pulls up all those layers. You probably need to check for lead while you are at it.

  • Theresa Davis Theresa Davis on May 09, 2016
    You can either use a electric sander or use a primer paint called kills or keels

  • Barbara Barbara on May 09, 2016
    Try Citristrip - it works really well without too much smell. Do small areas at a time & wrap the area with plastic wrap after you spread on the Citristrip. The plastic helps it work & will help you keep the kids from bumping into the wet stripper. Wait the recommended time unwrap & scrape off the lifted paint. Wipe area clean, move on to the next area. After all the paint is stripped - sand with a sanding block, wipe with a tack cloth & refinish to your taste. Good Luck. I did this in a home several years ago & it took a couple of weeks to get the job done, but it was so worth it. When I sold the home everyone who passed through commented on the pretty stair railings.

  • MN Mom MN Mom on May 09, 2016
    Agree with the posts here for trying a stripper in small sections at a time. I don't know of a process using household cleaners that will remove layers of paint from wood.

  • William William on May 09, 2016
    Two great environmentally safe strippers are Muti-Strip and Ready Strip. They are both biodegradable, non-flammable, non-combustible and contain no methylene chloride or caustic. They are odor-free and can be easily cleaned up with water. As a paste they cling easily to vertical surfaces and completely fill detailed areas. A bit pricey, but the claim is they can remove up to 15 layers of paint in one application. The longer they stay on, the more paint they remove.

  • Elizabeth Burrows Elizabeth Burrows on May 09, 2016
    Forget stripping - unless you have a lifetime to devote to the task and have a love-on for mess. Kilz primer ( thick stuff) will cover it up - then paint on top. Promise you it works - I have covered lots of shiny black stair rails with the stuff and painted with a white and won!! 2 years later & all is well.

    • MN Mom MN Mom on May 09, 2016
      She said she doesn't want to paint, she wants natural wood.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on May 09, 2016
    To add the the products I mentioned do in fact work.It will depend on how much paint is there which was not stated.

  • ReneJackson ReneJackson on May 09, 2016
    I will get something you suggest. Home Depot?

  • ReneJackson ReneJackson on May 14, 2016
    Bought one of the products suggested and coated the banister today the wrapped it plastic. Even though I need to keep it on until tomorrow I can see it starting to work. The beautiful cherry color is coming through! Thanks to all

  • Susan Susan on May 14, 2016
    @ReneJackson, thanks for the update! Keep us posted

  • ReneJackson ReneJackson on May 18, 2016
    Finished stripping the banister still working on baseboards. The wood looks great even though I had to reapply in tiny spaces. Thanks to all for ideas.