How To Remove Paint From Wood

How To Remove Paint From Wood

As everything we buy is getting expensive, so are services. Starting from eating out to travelling to painting your house – everything is much more expensive now than it used to be. When it comes to painting your house, it also involves a number of laborers and not just cost. Hence, DIY is becoming more and more popular. However, unless you know how to do it, getting things done right might end up spoiling your mood completely. This article aims to help you to learn how to remove paint from wooden surfaces without causing any harm to the surface and helping you to successfully completing the job.

Things You Will Need

Following are the things you will need to remove paint from wooden surfaces:

  • Solvent-based paint stripper
  • Sandpaper
  • Paintbrush
  • Scraper
  • Wire Brush
  • Bucket
  • Respirator
  • Protective gloves
  • Rags
  • Safety glasses

How to Go About It

Go through the steps carefully and follow them exactly to safely remove paint from your wooden surfaces.

  • Wooden surfaces are usually stuck with nails and other things such as knobs and brackets in case of doors, so on and so forth. Try to remove all of these before starting off on your task. The ones you can’t remove must be covered with tape.
  • Put on your protective glasses, gloves and respirator before starting the work.
  • Pour the solvent based stripper in a bucket by following the instructions written on the bottle.
  • Apply the stripper on the surface with a paintbrush and leave it on for 20 minutes. You need to wait till the bubbles begin to appear and the paint starts coming off. The time required depends on the quality of the paint and how many layers were applied. You need to check in between to see if the paint has softened.
  • Now use the scraper to take the paint off from the area where the stripper was applied. Don’t be too harsh on the wood or else you will be leaving marks behind. You can then reapply the stripper and repeat the process till you are satisfied with the paint removal. Choose another section.
  • Use the wire brush to take the paint off portions which are uneven, creased, corners and moulds. The process is the same. First apply the stripper on the surface and then wait for 20 minutes or till the paint starts bubbling up, whichever happens earlier. Now scrape it with a wire brush. As usual, do not give strong, harsh strokes with the brush.
  • The rugs are for cleaning the wood with water. Clean the surface with a wet rug and then sand it. Though powder sander work faster but molded and carved portions require manual work.

Wipe the floor of all dust and residues of your hard work. Look at your clean wooden surface and pat yourself on the back for the brilliant job you’ve done. You are now ready to repaint your wood or get any other work you have been waiting to get done.

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