The Southern Trip
 
Mug shot of us at the Gore Expo with this lady and her restored cabinet

Mug shot of us at the Gore Expo with this lady and her restored cabinet

Our Southern trip, lasting for about one and a half months we have been stripping over Southland and Otago in six expos in total. We have crawled over the entirety of Southland and the eastern side of Otago, and I have some cool things to show from it.

Our stand at the Southern Field Days

Our stand at the Southern Field Days

The space that we somehow packed our stand onto

The space that we somehow packed our stand onto

A list of all the times for the southern trip excluding the Southern Field Days

A list of all the times for the southern trip excluding the Southern Field Days

An old railway signal box in the middle of nowhere

An old railway signal box in the middle of nowhere

guess what patch we did

guess what patch we did

this building would be the oldest wooden church in Southland if you ignore the fact that it was moved to its current location from a different region. 

this building would be the oldest wooden church in Southland if you ignore the fact that it was moved to its current location from a different region. 

Me, my shaggy hair and a painted door :)

Me, my shaggy hair and a painted door :)

A showpiece shellacked rocking chair, it comes up beautifully with moisturiser.

A showpiece shellacked rocking chair, it comes up beautifully with moisturiser.

Lance showing two gentlemen in Invercargill how to strip a daimler car door. (We have one of those :0)

Lance showing two gentlemen in Invercargill how to strip a daimler car door. (We have one of those :0)

Simon using the detail brush to make short work of this shellacked singer drawer case.

Simon using the detail brush to make short work of this shellacked singer drawer case.

Half stripped and moisturised

Half stripped and moisturised

A small little tricycle of all things cam in from the Gore Expo, yes it also strips those.

A small little tricycle of all things cam in from the Gore Expo, yes it also strips those.

Fun fact, Simon is in fact a Scottish lord who owns land in Glencoe. We discovered that in southland there was also a Glencoe and we were compelled to visit.

Fun fact, Simon is in fact a Scottish lord who owns land in Glencoe. We discovered that in southland there was also a Glencoe and we were compelled to visit.

Here is a rather interesting project, this door has had a fake wood grain put on top of it to make it look like oak and they do this by spreading out a leadish clay to blot out the original wood (Its Kauri by the way.) and than brush out the new grain to look like oak as back in the gold rush days it was cheaper to get a premium Kauri door and paint a fake grain on it than buy an oak door.

Here is a rather interesting project, this door has had a fake wood grain put on top of it to make it look like oak and they do this by spreading out a leadish clay to blot out the original wood (Its Kauri by the way.) and than brush out the new grain to look like oak as back in the gold rush days it was cheaper to get a premium Kauri door and paint a fake grain on it than buy an oak door.

And here we have it! The highlights of the Southern Trip, one of the more interesting trips we have done and a worthy experience.

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The bird/boquet archway moulding

At one of our Stripping Expos an interesting surprise turned up when this lady brought in this highly detailed antique hand carved archway moulding. It has quite a history, originally from England, it came from an old country estate in summer set from the late 1700's and gradually found its way to New Zealand. This was of great interest to Simon who saw this as an interesting challenge.

Simon with the ultra detailed molding

Simon with the ultra detailed molding

Simon picking a place to start on the moulding

Simon picking a place to start on the moulding

An interesting thing about this moulding is that the unknown english wood carver who made this would only carve the bean pods open in his work if the client paid in advance, and if you look in the far right hand corner of this picture you can see that these guys did.

The first coat of stripper, dad's decided to strip this little carved bird as the lady kindly points out.

Letting the bird soak 

Letting the bird soak 

An important thing to do with our system is to let the the stripper soak as that's where the magic happens, so we went away and let the lead paint soak for 20 minutes after we put a thick coat on. 

Ready to strip

Ready to strip

Bulk removal

Bulk removal

The stripper has softened up the paint and it is time for the bulk removal! We used a small blunt scraper for this and scooped up the toothpaste consistency paint. 

Sweeping through the details with a soft copper brush 

Sweeping through the details with a soft copper brush 

Using a lock pick to clean the paint out of hard to reach groves

Using a lock pick to clean the paint out of hard to reach groves

Here we are removing paint from the places a flat tool just can't. We kept the wood wet with stripper and scrubbed the majority of the paint out of the groves and curves with the detail brush and followed up with the lock pick for getting paint out the more extreme groves.  

Using the flusher

Using the flusher

In this step we use the flusher (the blue liquid in the bottle at the top of the image) to rinse away any residue of the stripper and paint leaving a clean bird behind.

And done! We have a stripped bird, ready for refinishing.

 

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The East Auckland Stripping Expo

Our latest expo at the Fencible Lounge in Howick 

At this particular expo, we had a steady stream of interesting projects come in, from car doors to drawers and gun stops.

Simon Cooper stripping back a cedar window sash. 

Simon Cooper stripping back a cedar window sash. 

Simon stripping a gun stop.

Simon stripping a gun stop.

Lance stripping a car door with a baked on primer.

Lance stripping a car door with a baked on primer.

Simon stripping a Green painted pine draw front.

Simon stripping a Green painted pine draw front.

Simon stripping another draw front, this one is a lacquered rimu draw. 

Simon stripping another draw front, this one is a lacquered rimu draw. 

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The North Shore Stripping Expo

We visited North shore.

Arthur Cooper demonstrating how to strip a chair. 

Arthur Cooper demonstrating how to strip a chair. 

Dorri Cooper demonstrating how to strip a rimu drawer front. 

Dorri Cooper demonstrating how to strip a rimu drawer front. 

Before and after for stripping leather shoes. 

Before and after for stripping leather shoes. 

For those who don't know, you can also use Cooper's for stripping paint off black polished leather shoes. These shoes above were used while I was spray painting, to remove the paint get a rag and wet it with our stripper and spot scrub the painted areas to remove the paint, easy!

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The Ashburton Stripping Expo
 
Weatherboard Wall.jpg

We are stripping in ashburton! The latest expo, we are here right now today from 10am to 4pm and tomorrow for the same times. So come in with your projects or pictures of the too large to bring in ones and let us show you the magic of Cooper's.

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The Timaru Stripping Expo

We are in Timaru doing our latest stripping expo.

Dorri with her trademark doc martins and fishnets.

Dorri with her trademark doc martins and fishnets.

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Rosa, The Queen Anne Dresser

We met Mischelle from Frank & Co at our Waiuku Expo a month ago and were presented with this lacquer covered mahogany dresser, we demonstrated the wonders of Cooper's by stripping back the top.

Recently she sent us with a photo of the completely restored and refinished dresser with a flattering thank you note.

Hi :)

We met at the Waiuku Expo and I Just wanted to drop by, say hi and share an image of the finished piece you worked on when showing me how amazing the Coopers products worked.

Thank you for such an amazing product I don’t know why I struggled with other products for so long!

So I would like to introduce you to “Rosa” The Queen Anne Dresser by Frank & Co.
— Mischelle Frank & Co

This piece is interesting, I particularly love the stencil work on the drawers, and if you open the drawers on the side of them is more of the patterns, she really doesn't cut corners.

Frank & co restore and beautify furniture around the Auckland area, if you think what they do is cool you can find them on www.facebook.com/FrankandCoNZ.

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The Canterbury A&P Show

This week, we are at the Canterbury A&P Show on the 11th, 12th and 13th of November showing Cantabrians how to strip. So if you are local and have a project to strip come see us. Better yet, bring in your project for us to show you on! If you have a project that is difficult for you to bring in, say a house, bring a photo! Or even better, bring in a window sash, a piece of architrave or a weatherboard to see cooper's working on your project. 

Simon stripping Window Sash.jpg

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Thames Stripping Expo

The Coromandel stripping expo.

Two old rugby mates catching up for the fist time in years at the expo, also Simon is showing them how to strip the front of a kitchen cabinet.

Two old rugby mates catching up for the fist time in years at the expo, also Simon is showing them how to strip the front of a kitchen cabinet.

The Cooper family did an expo at the Thames Citizens Band Hall on the 31st of October and 1st of November. We saw many interesting projects and solved problems for numerous excited people. 

If you have a project that you would like our advice on, be sure to visit us at one of our expos, we have a calendar here, or better yet, join the strip club where we will email you when we are in your area among other cool things like tutorials.

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