Although time-consuming, stripping paint from wooden door frames, windows, or floorboards, is fairly easy. However it is vital that you have some basic DIY knowledge as you may expose lead paint in the stripping process. This is especially important in older homes where lead paints were used much more often. Take precautions when removing and disposing of lead paint, if you are unsure then hire a professional painter decorator.
7 Top Tips For Stripping Paint From Woodwork
#1 Remove the woodwork and lay on a flat surface.
Any attempt to clean the wood while in position is a recipe for disaster! Later, after the wood is cleaned and stripped of paint, you will be able to return it to the original position.
#2 Let the chemicals work for you.
A good quality solvent will make the job far easier if used correctly. Many people try sanding or heat guns to strip paint, but for older paints chemical solvents certainly work the best. Chemicals are also far less likely to damage the wood than over-eager sanding or excessive heat.
#3 Be patient.
First apply the chemical solvent to the area you wish to clean and allow it to sit for the recommended period of time, usually at least ten minutes. The solvent is work its way fully into the paint and cause it to blister and peel.
#4 Pick the right tool for the job.
Most professionals will simply use a flat edge scraper to remove the paint. Once again you will need to be patient to avoid causing any damage to the woodwork. Lightly scrape the paint away from the wood, it should flake away easily. There will be times when this process will have to be repeated to ensure a totally clean finish
#5 Sanding is great for the delicate jobs.
When you have removed the bulk of the paint from the wood you may find it helpful to use sandpaper to rub away any remaining paint or splinters.
#6 Be patient again!
Before you consider starting the staining, varnishing or repainting process it is absolutely vital that you allow the chemical solvent to evaporate completely. Any attempt to begin the work before the wood has dried will result in the waste of hours of hard work.
#7 Be environmentally considerate and stay safe.
When removing lead containing paint it is necessary to wear the correct protective equipment. The use of safety goggles, chemical resistance gloves and old clothing is highly recommended. Any lead containing paint should be disposed of in the correct manner as it can be highly damaging to the environment. Alternatively, you may wish to use the services of a professional painter and decorator.
By following the tips above you can discover the hidden beauty in your home.
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