How to remove paint from Bakelite

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How to remove paint from Bakelite
Restore your Bakelite collectibles. (ziquiu/iStock/Getty Images)

Bakelite was a common material used for creating sturdy household goods (including telephones) and jewellery in the early 1900s. If you are trying to remove paint and restore a sturdy Bakelite object to its original form, you can accomplish this using heavy-duty paint stripper. Bakelite is a very durable material and its properties allow it to withstand exposure to harsh chemicals. This process should only be used on sturdy objects.

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Things you need

  • Paint stripper
  • Metal bucket
  • Shoe polish the colour of your Bakelite
  • Cloth rags
  • Putty knife
  • Coarse brush

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  1. 1

    Fill the metal bucket with paint stripper approximately the depth of the object laying flat.

  2. 2

    Soak the object in the paint stripper a few hours, or until the paint begins to peel off easily in small sheets.

  3. 3

    Remove the paint. Using a putty knife, gently scrape off the paint. Remove any hard-to-reach areas with a coarse brush.

  4. 4

    Wipe off the excess paint stripper with a rag. Allow the Bakelite object to dry overnight.

  5. 5

    Restore the Bakelite object to its original lustre by polishing it with a rag dipped in shoe polish the colour of your object.

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