Wrong Paint Used on Metal Door

April 18th 2005
Wrong Paint Used on Metal Door

Dear Shell

I have been living in my present house for three years. The previous owner repainted one of the outside doors and obviously used the wrong type of paint. The door is metal and the new paint is flaking in many places but seems to be firmly fixed elsewhere. As the original colour is fine, I would like to remove the new paint and restore the door to its original condition. Is it possible to remove the new paint? Unfortunately I have no idea the type of paint that was used.

John, Rosedale

Dear John

Remove the door from its hinges and lay it flat on sawhorses in a dry warm place. Purchase the product Organic Stripper available at Rona, Home Depot etc. Apply to the door with a synthetic brush and scrub with paint stripping pads. After removing the paint wash the entire surface well with the Shell Busey Home Cleaning Formula. Rinse well with clear water and allow to dry. Apply two coats of Cloverdale Paint Acrylic Latex Ecologic Semi Gloss paint. Allow 48 hours drying time between coats. Do not scratch the surface for 30 days after applying the 2nd coat. Note: Please do not try testing the surface by scratching with your fingernails.