Bakelite was a common material used for creating sturdy household goods (including telephones) and jewelry 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.
Things You'll Need
- Paint stripper
- Metal bucket
- Shoe polish the color of your Bakelite
- Cloth rags
- Putty knife
- Coarse brush
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Fill the metal bucket with paint stripper approximately the depth of the object laying flat.
Soak the object in the paint stripper a few hours, or until the paint begins to peel off easily in small sheets.
Remove the paint. Using a putty knife, gently scrape off the paint. Remove any hard-to-reach areas with a coarse brush.
Wipe off the excess paint stripper with a rag. Allow the Bakelite object to dry overnight.
Restore the Bakelite object to its original lustre by polishing it with a rag dipped in shoe polish the color of your object.