DIY Tips - How to Strip Paint

Stripping paint is not such a difficult DIY task.  However, you must take your time and use the best method for each area.  This article provides you with information on stripping paint safely and professionally. 

Heat Gun

A heat gun is perfect for large flat areas of paint where you plan to repaint the surface.  Remember that heat guns will always leave scorch marks in wood, so be careful when using is near wood.  Additionally it may crack glass, so be very careful when you are close to windows.  Do not hold the heat in once place for too long.  You should move the nozzle over a large area.  When the paint begins to bubble, you should scrape that area with a flat bladed scraper. 

Chemical Paint Stripper

This is best for surfaces with small details.  Use a small brush (such as old toothbrush) to remove the paint from the nooks and crannies when it begins to bubble.  Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully.

Gel/Paste Paint Stripper

This is used as an alternative to standard paint striper, and is ideal for vertical surfaces. 

Staying Safe

Paint stripper is always very dangerous.  Heat guns often cause burn injuries, and chemicals can also cause considerable damage to your skin and eyes.  You must therefore always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Neutralising Paint Stripper

When you are working on an area you wish to repaint, you will always need to neutralise the paint stripper.  This is usually performed by washing the area down with water or white spirit. 

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