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Removing Calcium Plumbate Primer

Question

What removes calcium plumbate from a cast iron fireplace?

David

Answer

Hi David

As you have, no doubt, found calcium plumbate sticks very well to some metal surfaces and can be difficult to remove. A further complication is that the high lead content rules- out some obvious mechanical solutions since this would cause contamination.

A chemical-based stripper may be your only hope and, unfortunately, this can be a case of trial and error because some work better than others.

I would avoid some of the ‘extra-powerful’ options because they can react badly with metal surfaces – causing severe oxidation – so the proprietary brands tend to be the safest option, although not the most effective.

To put it simply, it can be a slow and tedious process but try a few different brands and, to be safe, do a small test area first.

Sorry, I can’t be of more help.

Regards Darren


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