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Removing Creosote From Painted Surfaces

Post in 'The Boiler Room - Wood Boilers and Furnaces' started by BulldogAcres, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. BulldogAcres

    BulldogAcres Member

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    I have a problem removing Creosote from painted surfaces. I use Acetone to remove Creosote from unpainted surfaces, but it will take the paint off painted surfaces. Does anyone have a good way of removing Creosote from Painted surfaces.

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  2. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    I use a hand soap from one of those pump dispensors with hot water and a green dish scrub pad. Seems to work fairly well. Some elbow grease is required. But I do not have that much creosote outside my firebox. Have a good one.
  3. mole

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    You might want to try some ethanol (denatured alcohol) if the soap doesn't work. It'll probably dissolve the creosote (I haven't tried it for creosote specifically), but it's a lot more gentle on paint than acetone. A mix of isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol and water might work as well.
  4. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    Speedy White Hearth and Stove cleaner has worked well for me.
  5. walkerdogman85

    walkerdogman85 New Member

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    i was wondering how to remove creosote from the brick on my chimney

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