How do I clean off paint?


Any suggestions on how to get the old paint off the plate on the chandelier without taking the whole thing down. This chandelier is very old and apparently the paint has been on it for a very very long time.

q how do i clean off paint
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  • William William on Apr 11, 2019

    Cover the chandelier with a plastic garbage bag. Use Citristrip stripper. it's a gel so minimal dripping. Use a small paint brush to put it on. The paint will bubble. Wipe off with paper towels or rags. Use an old toothbrush dipped in the stripper to get in the crevices. Wear rubber gloves and eye protection.

    • Nancy Nancy on Apr 12, 2019

      Thank you William I’ll give it a try. It sounds like very minimal work, which is right up my alley!

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Apr 11, 2019

    Goo Off or Goo Gone will eventually take it off. I would mask the ceiling with painters tape first, as you’ll need to saturate it.

    What is the metal of this ceiling plate? I ask, in the event you want to scrub it with a saturated green nylon scrubber.

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    • William William on Apr 12, 2019

      Goo Gone removes sticky tape residue not paint. Goof Off removes OOPS paint spatters...not a paint stripper.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 11, 2019

    Hello Nancy, I would consider painting over the plate the same color of the chandelier. Its hard for me to determine is the chandelier a true metallic color? It could be painted with acrylic craft paints while hanging in place another consideration might be rubnbuff. Acrylic paints can be found in a rainbow of colors ( flat satin gloss and metallic) in 2 oz bottles at Walmart or craft stores.

    Rubnbuff alone or on top of the acrylic paints. I’ve used Rub n buff on picture frames and pewter candlesticks. It’s a waxy rub on that worked well for my needs. It can lighten or darken. Its adds a metallic luster. It would be perfect to make the intricate details of that decorative cover plate pop.

    Have a look at the website possible color options, reviews Q&A to to see if it’s a product you might wish to consider. Be sure to consider turn the power off if painting near electrical wiring/ lighting to be safe. I hope this helps.

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 12, 2019

      Understood and I appreciate the determination to get to the original finish. Please be sure to wear protection goggles, gloves and protective clothing if you are using noxious caustic chemicals “upside down” to avoid emergency drip mishaps. Best wishes with the restoration!

  • P P on Apr 11, 2019

    you can help protect your floor & whatever else is under the chandelier by hanging a plastic (not fabric) umbrella, with a hook handle, from the chandelier, open & upside down -

    • Nancy Nancy on Apr 12, 2019

      Thank you for that great idea I never thought of that. I guess there was a reason I had hung onto a broken umbrella, LOL.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Dec 19, 2020

    Hello there,

    Maybe, but be very careful if you do try it! Chemical stripping using a Gel. Masks, Gloves Hat, cover the floorings and the rest of the chandelier!