Painting stone window sills not only adds aesthetic value but it also prevents rain ingress in porous stone.
Over the years, there may be an accumulation of several thick layers of paint on the stone window sills that may be an arduous task to remove.
Traditionally, there have been unsafe and inefficient methods to painstakingly remove this paint through the use of solvents, heat treatment or mechanical means such as sanding machines (either manual or electrical).
Here is a safe and fully effective method that Premium Door Stripping use to strip paint off stone window sills.
Paint Removal Methods
Manual scrubbing can be tedious, even if you are trying to eliminate emulsion paints.
For oil paints, it is even more laborious if you are using a steam stripping method, which will also take time.
Mechanical methods may cause significant stone damage, increasing the stone’s vulnerability to weather conditions, essentially losing the building’s architectural detail. The fastest, safest, and most effective method is using caustic soda.
Caustic soda is a combination of two processes. First, caustic is a general chemical substance that has the capability to dissolve or destroy other substances.
Soda, unlike the fizzy drink we all know, refers to a chemical substance, sometimes referred to as lye.
Caustic soda is a sodium hydroxide chemical presenting as a radiant white solid substance.
It is used to make soap, paper, and candles. It also removes paint. Caustic soda paint removal is ideal for stone, wood, and metals.
Its properties remove the paint layers with minimal effort, making it a solvent-based paint stripping agent.
How to Use Caustic Soda for Paint-Removal
- Patch testing
You may consider carrying out a patch test to ensure the stone will not be damaged after caustic soda application. Some stone types are not as porous as others.
You will require eye protection, a pair of gloves and warm water.
Mix the solid caustic soda with warm water to create a fluid substance, then apply it to the window sills.
This method ensures even paint that has accumulated in layers over the years is removed.