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Citrus-based cleaner may get paint off granite

Q. Many years ago, some “Rhodes scholar” painted the granite surrounding our garden on Commonwealth Ave. Thanks to the slings and arrows of time, some of it has worn or flaked away, but that which remains is resistant to peeling. Some of my neighbors are inclined (horror of horrors) to repaint it. To me that would be tantamount to pickling a priceless mahogany antique with white paint. I am sure sandblasting would work, but setting up to do so without damaging plants and the fence would be a problem even if the Back Bay Architectural Commission were to approve it. I hope you will have a simpler solution.

PHILIP HOUCK, BOSTON PHILIP HOUCK, Boston

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