A paint removal project is a project that most do it yourselfers seem to like to avoid. Lets face it; there is nothing glamorous about it. Itís dirty work; but it is it essential to a good long lasting paint job. Proper preparation is the most important step in the painting process. A new coat of paint is only as stable as the surface underneath it. If the old paint is chipping, peeling or chalking, you are going to have to come up with a plan for proper paint removal before you proceed.
Once a paint problem has been identified, I always choose the least invasive method of paint removal possible. Too harsh a method can damage the surface that you are painting. Test out different methods in discreet areas of your project before you begin work so that you donít do any serious damage to your working surface.
the old paint is peeling all the way down to the bare wood you have to
remove it. Power washing is an easy way to accomplish the removal of peeling
paint and at the same time clean the house of any mold, mildew, or dirt
buildup. Chemical removers are too dangerous for anyone who is inexperienced
belt sander or orbital sander:
can remove minor areas of
peeled paint with a belt sander or orbital sander. These power sanders
create enough dust to choke Lawrence of Arabia, but they're fast, easy
to use, and sometimes even fun. Use 80-grit open-coat sandpaper to minimize
clogging and gumming up the paper. Don't use a rotating sanding disc,
because it tends to leave deep swirl marks in the wood.
scrapers are also available in a choice of sizes. Scrapers are a lot less
fun than power sanders, but they're effective tools, especially for small
areas. For the best scraper efficiency, sharpen the scraper blade when
you bring it home from the hardware store - before you use it. Because
scraping old paint quickly dulls the blade, sharpen the scraper often
with a small file or a grinding wheel to maintain a good cutting edge.
There are just too many different paint scrappers and multi purchase tools
that can be used to remove paint, to describe. From screwdrivers to flat
bars - they have been used to scrape loose paint at one time.
electric heat gun:
As an alternative to scraping, or in addition to scraping, use a heat
gun to remove the really stubborn paint. Heat guns are very effective
for removing multiple coats of oil-based paint.
If you choose
to use a heat gun for paint removal, remember that air hot enough to melt
paint is hot enough to kindle a fire in dry wood or paper products. Use
the heat gun with care, keep a garden hose handy for wetting down any
burned areas, and keep an eye on the burned area for several hours after
you quit working.
Chemical paint remover:
Messing around with these toxic chemicals in quantities large enough to
remove paint from a house is just plain nuts. Rely on a sharp scraper
and a lot of elbow grease to get the job done, instead.
This tool may get the job done, but if you don't have a lot of experience
operating the blasted things, you'll gouge the siding. Renting this macho
tool may seem like a good idea, but for your house's sake, don't do it.
is just another type heat gun, but one that can quickly burn you and your
house to the ground. When applied over older, dry siding, the heat and
open flame from a propane torch can easily start a fire. Be wise; stick
with the electric version.
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