Removing Paint From Wood

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Removing paint from wood is something that you can easily do without damaging the wood itself. Remove paint from wood with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Hello everyone I'm Joshua Clement and this is how to remove paint from wood. One of the hardest parts of getting the paint off the wood is all the different grains. Because some of the grains is a hard wood and the other grains are soft wood. So the soft wood soaks in the paint a little bit better then those hard grains. For this job I will be using a paint stripper in an aerosol can. You will also need a five in one or putty knife. And some sandpaper. You will also need some paper towels or rags. The first thing we want to do is take our paint stripper and put it on the surface that we're wanting to strip. So we'll take the can and just spray it evenly across the entire surface. Now with the paint stripper you are going to have to let it sit a little bit so it has time to react with the paint and remove it from the wood. So after your paint stripper has sat there a little bit you are going to take your five in one or putty knife and scrape off the paint that has worked it's way loose. So now that we've scraped loose most of the big stuff we're going to go through with our paper towel and wipe up what's left. After you've removed the paint from the wood there's still the paint that is soaked into the grains of the wood. Now for that we are going to have to use a very heavy grit sandpaper. Now when you are sanding the wood you want to make sure that you sand it with the grains and not against the grains especially if you are trying to repaint or finish the wood. After you are done sanding with the heavy grit you can go over it with a finer grit like a 220 and make it so you can go ahead and re-stain or paint it. Thank you all for watching and good luck with this project.

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