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  1. #1
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    Default Best way to remove maple architraves

    Hi , could anyone tell me the best way to remove a maple architrave around my kitchen window without damaging it (like to reuse it). It looks like it has been glued as well as nailed in and it needs to be removed so the wall can be resheeted with gyprock.
    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Can be done!

    Take a sharp Stanley knife and use the sharp blade to seperate any paint or varnish from between the frame and the window sill.
    Take a fairly broad paint scraper and insert it by gently tapping it with a hammer, behind the architrave. It can be better to start in the middle of a long length. If you can see any nail holes (or putty) avoid inserting the blade near the nails, rather take the point away from nails. Once you have freed it up a bit use a wide chisel behind the blade to gently open up the gap. Once you pop a nail head remove the chisel and allow the wood to return to its original position. The trick is to leave the nail head exposed. See if you can use a claw hammer to remove any nails. Protect the wood from the hammer with a scrap of wood or the blade of the paint scraper. Work your way around the window.

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    Default Best way to remove maple architraves

    Hi, gpkennedy,
    i'll follow those instructions. I had thought of using a paint scraper but hadn't thought about using the knife to cut through the varnish.
    many thanks

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    As explained above only pull the nails right through the rear side this way you won't damge the face

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    Default Best way to remove maple architraves

    Thanks china, will do


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