How to Remove Paint - Page 2

  • Step 4 : Remove softened paint

    Remove softened paint

    To remove softened paint, use a stiff putty knife on flat surfaces and a variety of contoured scrapers on detailed areas. Work slowly and carefully to avoid scratching or gouging the wood. Scrape the gunk into an old coffee can or onto newspaper. Then, try a medium-grade steel wool (grade 0 or No.1) or an abrasive green scrubbing pad to remove still more paint, especially from areas where the scrapers were ineffective. Rinse the pad often, in water or solvent, as recommended by the manufacturer. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until all paint is removed.

  • Step 5 : Neutralize the stripper

    Neutralize the stripper

    Paint does not adhere well when applied over chemical stripper. You need to wash off as much stripper as possible and neutralize what remains. The most effective approach is to use steel wool or an abrasive green scrubbing pad dipped in an "after wash," which is a solvent recommended by the stripper manufacturer. You may also be able to use mineral spirits or water, depending on what the manufacturer of the stripper recommends.

  • Step 6 : Sand wood smooth

    After the paint is removed, sand the wood beginning with medium (80)-grit sandpaper followed by fine or very fine (120, 220). Use a rubber sanding block or an electric finishing sander on flat areas. For detailed areas, wrap cloth-backed sandpaper around a pencil or any other object that helps the paper to conform to the contour.

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