You don't have to tackle that paint removal project armed with just a sheet of sandpaper. Here's how to let paint stripper work for you.
Things You'll Need
- Clean Rags
- Paint Strippers
- Plastic Sheets
- Steel Wool
- Rubber Gloves
- Old Newspapers
- Paint Scrapers
- Safety Goggles
Decide which type of stripper you want to use: Liquid stripper will run on vertical surfaces; paste stripper needs to be kept moist; gel stripper costs a little bit more. (See Related eHows.)
Put down a thick layer of newspaper in a well-ventilated work area.
Apply stripper with a clean rag or follow the manufacturer's directions for application.
Put a liberal coat on the workpiece, making sure to get it into corners, cracks and crevices.
Check liquid and gel stripper progress after 10 to 15 minutes by scraping a small area with a paint scraper. If the paint is softened all the way down to bare wood, the stripper is done. If not, put more stripper on the scraped area and wait 5 more minutes.
Let paste stripper sit for a few hours (follow manufacturer's recommendation) after covering it with a sheet of plastic to keep it moist. Use a paint scraper to remove the loosened paint once the stripper has done its job.
Rub paint out of crevices and deep ornamentation with steel wool.
Clean off leftovers - rubbing with the grain - with a ball of steel wool dipped in stripper.
Rinse the workpiece with water or turpentine (read the stripper label).
Let the workpiece dry completely before you prime and finish.
Tips & Warnings
- Use squares of burlap on oak because steel wool tends to stain the wood.
- Chemical strippers are potentially dangerous. Wear protective goggles and rubber gloves while working with them.
- Always work in a well-ventilated area, and never smoke near stripping chemicals.
- Keep pets and kids away from your work area.