How to Remove Painted-Over Screws

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Removing painted-over screws can be tricky, but it certainly isn't impossible. Remove painted-over screws with help from a foreman for Lighty Contractors in this free video clip.

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Good day, everyone. I'm Joshua Clement, and today I'm going to talk to you about how to remove painted over screws. Painted over screws can be kind of tricky to get out. A lot of times when you're trying to remove them they end up stripping the head of the screw. I'm going to show you how to prevent that. For this job I'm going to be using a battery powered drill with a Phillips bit and a razor blade. The trick to removing a painted over screw is to clean out either the flat head or the Phillips head that is sitting there on the screw. That's where a razor blade comes in. We're going to dig out all the paint in this Phillips head screw. So first we're going to remove the outer layer by just scraping it. Then we're going to run our razor blade through the middle of it and dig out all that paint that's inside. Next we're going to take our drill, set it in to place and then tap the back of the drill. That's going to allow it to smash all the paint that's left inside the screw. Then we'll put the drill in reverse and back that screw out. Now when tapping on the back of the drill or even a screwdriver, you want to make sure that you don't tap it too hard and put a hole in your wall. Thank you all for watching, best of luck on this project.

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