Thank you for your comments and suggestions. The idea of removing paint on 50 windows with metal scrapers sounds pretty time consuming. I understand your comment about the patina and the glues, as I have re-finished a few wood pieces using laquer thinner only so the original stain/patina remained. But for all of these windows, that may have been painted multiple times with oil/lead paint, I do think I will need to strip them. I'd like to find a way to get rid of the old paint that would leave any patina that might be left.
You mentioned oil strippers - have you found a brand that you prefer? The exterior has multiple coats of oil paint. The inside has fewer layers - maybe the last one is latex, but there are certainly at least 3 - I can see the colors - dark green, mustard yellow, and then beige. I'm not sure if they were shellaced or painted orginally. Have you tried the infrared stripper lamps? I saw a steam stripper, but I think that would raise the grain of the wood substanially. Any thoughts on the infrared?
And, do you sell your oil finishes? I live in Cleveland, OH so it's a bit far to Denver. I would like to use an oil finish that will be waterresistant or waterproof. Any suggestions/brands I should check out are welcome. Thank you. Cindy
Hello Paul, Randall, and others... EXTERIOR FINISH PAINTS???
Working on the old windows... 1924 house, double hung - I will also be painting and glazing the exterior. I've found a few recommendation for Sarco Type M, and one recommendation for a Dutch paint, and another for a German paint. With all of this work, I'd like the paint and glazing to last forever. Or at least a good long time. Thanks for your thoughts and ideas... Cindy
Thanks for your comments. The Dutch paint is a Linseed based paint (Allbacks). I wrote to the company asking questions about the procedures recommended as their website information is conflicting and a bit confusing. I merely wanted clarification. One of the owners wrote back and told me to contact the U.S. distributor. I have since found that there are some mildew problems with this paint as well, so I am not interested. With all the changes, I am now stuck with Sherwin Williams Duration. Cindy