How to Strip Oil-based Paints


Every once in a while you may need to remove oil-based paint from a surface or wall. Maybe it is a renovation project, or you were painting and it just didn't turn out the way you wanted. Whatever the circumstance, there are many products that can help you to remove the paint. But consider that when doing so, you want a paint remover that is easy to use and will not harm the environment. There are many good products to choose from that will help you to strip oil-based paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Masking tape Masking paper Klean-Strip oil-based paint remover Paint brush Empty coffee can Dust mask Rubber gloves Putty knife Plastic bag

How to Strip Oil-based Paints

  • Mask off areas around where you will be applying the paint stripper, to prevent stripper from getting on other surfaces. Use masking tape and masking paper for this process.

  • Put on dust mask and rubber gloves, then open container of Klean-Strip paint remover and pour a small amount into metal coffee can. Using a paint brush, apply paint remover to the surface of the area you want paint removed from. Wait for paint remover to change colors before attempting to remove old paint. Apply paint remover to small areas of about 5 square feet at a time. Make sure the room you are working in is well ventilated.

  • Remove old paint chips with putty knife and place in plastic bag for proper disposal. Continue process of applying paint remover and scraping it off with putty knife until all oil-based paint is removed.

  • Contact your local hazardous waste management office to find out local ordinances for proper disposal of paint chips.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use dust mask and rubber gloves when working with toxic chemicals.

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