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A formidable opponent

A few weeks ago I thought I thought this would be an interesting afternoon project for me: scraping a 100 years worth of paint off of this architectural feature on our front porch.

The plainness of the paint just bothered me, so inspired by a visit to The Manor and all that brick, I headed to the Home Depot, and got my tools.

By the way, you should also probably get the goggles, especially if you don't wear prescription glasses like me. The chemicals are really strong, so get the mask that is specifically designed to block the smells. I can't stress that enough.

Armed with these tools, and tons of good will, I slobbered the thick coat of the paint stripper, specifically designed for the brick and mortar. After 3 hours of waiting, nothing. After 5 hours, I started to see some bubbling. So, after 6 hours, I picked up the scrapper and started scrapping. Boy, was I wrong. This thing was not going anywhere. After 2 1/2 hours of scrapping, this is what it looked like.

I am not sure it this is good or bad, but I was really disappointed. One thing, though, even this looked better than what was there before. So, I rinsed out the taste of chemicals from my mouth and rethought my plan: small section of a few bricks each day until it's done. This, of course, throws my schedule completely off, but, what the heck. It's not like I was sticking to it before, right?


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