I started on my baby ! (See baby here)
First I used a scraper I bought at an art store ($2). I don’t know exactly what this tool is called. Maybe it is really intended for artists to put pigment on their pallet board? That’s just a guess. Whatever it is, it works great when removing loose paint. It’s thin like a razor blade but not sharp. The edges will not cut you. Since it is slim, it slinks under paint layers very easily. Strong but flexible and actually bends a little.
Most of the paint was so loose on top, it fell right off in matter of minutes with my scraper. Yes, you see orange paint because I also tested an orange sample paint. BAD idea! Still going with the red! (This red here)
Then I sanded the remaining top paint off with my orbital sander.
Even though the sander has a dust bag, there is still some dust that needs to be brushed off. I use a brush with soft but strong plastic bristles.
It may appear clean but there are still fine particles of dust. I use baby wipes to really get the wood clean. Any brand will due as long as they don’t have lotion – Wet Ones were used this time.
Next step – repair the top cracks with caulk. I used leftover silicone caulk from a home improvement project. This one is waterproof and intended or indoor or outdoor use.
Filled the holes.
Then wiped off the excess with a terry cloth kitchen towel. I bought a huge bag of about 20 of these at Smart and Final for about $6. I wash and reuse for all my restoration projects.
Then I took off the hardware with an electric drill.
All the above took about 1.5 hours. Now I can start removing the paint on the front drawers and the body. I work a full time job so I may not be able to start on it again until maybe this weekend. But at least I got a pretty good start on it and can’t wait to finish the rest.