Alternatives to traditional, harsh paint strippers are making furniture refinishing easier on the lungs. Once upon a time, the only way to remove paint from an old piece of furniture was to use a fast-working chemical stripper containing methylene chloride sometimes called dichloromethane or DCMwhich can only be used outside or in areas with proper ventilation because of their harsh fumes and high VOC content. Not anymore.
I have a near 60 year old home with built in cabinets, built in bookshelves, and baseboard molding that has 6 decades of paint on them that needs cleaned off. I can and will remove the doors on the kitchen cabinets and the drawers and shelves, but everything else - baseboard, trim, cabinet boxes, etc. What paint strippers can work for vertical wood surfaces that can't be removed?
A new coat of paint is often sufficient to give new life to your wooden furniture, doors or window frames. While there are dozens of methods to remove paint from wood or walls, the most effective ways involve the use of a heat gun or of a paint stripper. But what is the difference between them and which product is the best?
Whether it's removing paint from baseboards and trim, or removing the varnish from a vintage piece of furniture, chances are you'll need to use some chemical strippers to do the job. There are numerous products for these types of jobs available in the paint department of your home center. Brad Staggs provides some basic information about how to select and use them.
Products designed to make short work of removing paint from wood. This paint and varnish remover is designed to be a safer alternative to many of the intensely corrosive removers currently available. It also has a good vertical cling that lets it hold onto the offending paint until it can be manually scraped off.
Heavy Duty Paint Stripper removes multiple layers of paint and graffiti from masonry surfaces. This slow-working, extended-contact remover remains active for 24 hours. Just one application dissolves heavy accumulations of paint, restoring old masonry to its original appearance.
Stripping paint is job that no one likes to do. In most cases, it involves the use of caustic chemicals that are harmful to breathe and can burn skin. While it isn't a job for the faint-hearted, it is one that can be accomplished with a minimum amount of bother by using the right techniques and tools.
Chemical strippers--the preferred method of removing the finish from wood--fall into three categories, each with its own distinct properties and application techniques. All strippers contain caustic chemicals, so follow the manufacturer's recommendations to the letter, and wear heavy-duty rubber gloves and a respirator when using them. Work outside or in a well-ventilated room.
While there are manual techniques such as heat guns and sanders available, they are not suitable for all treatments and can cause damage to the surface underneath. Solvent paint strippers are effective on any sort of finish, and are ideal for use on wood. They produce a lot of fumes and must be used in a well-ventilated space, and can cause burns.
Finding out which wood stripping method to use, and how to contain the debris, makes a messy job cleaner, safer, and more effective. Everyone knows that the simplest way to rejuvenate a tired surface is to put on a fresh coat of paint. Eventually, however, all new paint becomes old paint. Whether it cracks and blisters or just forms a lumpy blanket of pigments and binders, it begs to come off.