Tips on How to Remove Paint from Wood

If you want to restore old wooden furniture and modernize it, give it a personal touch or change its original color, you will probably first have to remove those old layers of paint so that the finish is expected.

Also, by removing those layers, the new paint will adhere much better to the furniture's surface, and it will have a more beautiful appearance. Please pay attention to the methods we show you in this article to remove paint from wood.

With a Hot Air Gun

To use a hot air gun and remove paint stains from the wood with it, the first thing you have to do is place a piece of cloth on the floor just below the work area to prevent it from staining. It is also important that you protect your face with a mask; this way, you will avoid inhaling the gases or paint dust spread in the air. If you are going to do it in a closed space, use a fan to blow fresh air through space.

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Next, plug the heat gun into an electrical outlet and follow the manufacturer's instructions for safe operation. Keep the spray gun's tip at the recommended distance from the painted wood surface, helping the heat to soften old layers of paint.

Lastly, scrape the paint off the wooden surface with the help of a putty knife. You will need to keep a fire extinguisher close by when working with the heat gun.

How to remove paint from wood - With hot air gun
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Remove Paint with Chemicals

First, prepare the work area by putting a cloth on the floor and connecting a fan if done indoors. Also, you must wear a mask and protective glasses for your safety.

Choose a paint remover or chemical stripper to be able to remove the paint from the wood. Once you have the right product, apply the paint remover with a brush - the stripper must be gel or liquid - and let it settle and penetrate the paint as indicated by the manufacturer.

You will see that the paint will begin to sprout, creating bubbles, from the surface, and you will have to remove it from the wood with the help of a spatula. Then apply another coat of paint remover if necessary and scrape again.

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When finished, remove the chemical stripper from the wood's surface with mineral spirits and fine steel wool. You must avoid inhaling potentially dangerous fumes if you choose this way to remove paint from wood.

Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff

Sources: Uncomo