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    Ok so first Ive got to say this is for wood not metal. My wife wants to repaint the porch floor. Its got 3-4 layers, is cracked bad and flakes off. We bought some discs for the drill that did nothing at all. Ive been scrapping with a knife with good but slow results. Im leaving what is stuck to the wood. What do you think of a twisted wire brush in a 4 inch Dewalt angle grinder? Any better ideas?
    Who do you call when the lawmakers ignore the law?

    Miller AC/DC Thunderbolt 225
    Miller 180 w/Autoset
    Old cutting torch on LPG

  • #2
    Paint stripper.
    Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
    Miller DialArc 250
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    Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
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    3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
    Lots of dust bunnies
    Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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    • #3
      The discs I got were supposed to be paint and rust removers. HA! Do you mean chemical stripper?
      Who do you call when the lawmakers ignore the law?

      Miller AC/DC Thunderbolt 225
      Miller 180 w/Autoset
      Old cutting torch on LPG

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      • #4
        Don't see much rust on wood in this neck of the woods. Go with a chemical paint stripper and cut your losses. There are any number of different brands out there. On a flat porch you shouldn't even need a gel style. Cover the stripper with plastic sheeting so it doesn't dry up while working. Its a mess, but probably no more so than using a wire brush would be. Wear a respirator...as you probably should if you used the wire brush method if the paint was old on the porch and had/has lead in it .
        Miller 251...sold the spoolgun to DiverBill.
        Miller DialArc 250
        Lincoln PrecisionTig 275
        Hypertherm 900 plasma cutter
        Bridgeport "J" head mill...tooled up
        Jet 14 X 40 lathe...ditto
        South Bend 9" lathe...yeah, got the change gears too
        Logan 7" shaper
        Ellis 3000 band saw
        Hossfeld bender w/shopbuilt hyd.
        Victor Journeyman torch and gauges
        3 Gerstner boxes of mostly Starrett tools
        Lots of dust bunnies
        Too small of a shop at 40 X 59.

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        • #5
          heat gun and a scraper. Takes a long time but is non toxic
          MM 211 W/ Spoolgun
          Diversion 180
          Spectrum 375 X-TREME
          Portable Victor O/A
          Palmgren Bench Drill Press
          14" Evolution Dry Saw
          IR 60 Gal. 3 HP Compressor
          Speedglas 9100x
          My Brain

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          • #6
            If it is a very big porch, try a drum sander for wooden floors.
            Tim Beeker,
            T-N-J Industries
            (my side bussiness)

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            Esab 450i with wire feeder
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            Thermal Dynamics cutmaster 51 plasma cutter
            Miller aircrafter 330 - sold
            Marathon 315mm coldsaw
            vertical and horizontal band saws
            table saw
            Dewalt cut off saw
            Sand blast cabinet
            lots of hand grinders
            Harris torch
            beer fridge

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            • #7
              Some of the boards are uneven, well maybe warped would be a better word. I was going to try a belt sander but thought I might miss quite a bit. The house was built in the early 20s. Its a good solid house but not as straight as it used to be.
              Who do you call when the lawmakers ignore the law?

              Miller AC/DC Thunderbolt 225
              Miller 180 w/Autoset
              Old cutting torch on LPG

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              • #8
                I say heat gun, for especially thick areas. Then Stripper tp get you down to bare wood. Belt sander works good for cleaning up and smoothing uneven areas. You might also try a pressure washer to get the paint off, but be careful since it could cut right through the wood.
                Dynasty 200 DX
                Millermatic 175
                Spectrum 375
                All kinds of Smith OA gear

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                • #9
                  OK, a few years ago I got in my head to restore a wood boat, hull of marine plywood, so what was the best way to get the 40 years of paint off??? I found a 4" Scotchbrite circular pad on a 4" disk grinder, it did not tear the wood up and was aggressive on the paint. Drill attachments spin way to slow and what you need is high surface feet per minute. This set up is also great for finishing your Aluminum or prepping it for welding and steel, Stainless finish ups...Hope this helps, there are 3 or 4 differant grits available, you probably will not find these at the hardware store though, they have 'Velco' on back for fastening and are very easy to use. Hope this helps, Paul
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                  • #10
                    Thats the pad that Ive got...for a drill. I saw the velcro ones to but I couldnt find anything to get it to mate with my grinder. I thought of using the pressure washer but mine, well I might as well use a garden hose. I gotta get that valve fixed!
                    Who do you call when the lawmakers ignore the law?

                    Miller AC/DC Thunderbolt 225
                    Miller 180 w/Autoset
                    Old cutting torch on LPG

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                    • #11
                      Flyinpig, 3M is the brand I use, just screw on to grinder and go. just make sure to center the pad or it gets worn out quick and runs funky, I think the Brown ones are the most aggressive, then maroon, grey and blue. If paint is latex or newer oil base, they may load up, hope fully your paint is very old and dry, they also make these in 7 inch size......this technique is very forgiving of grinder error....Paul
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