How to Use Paint Stripper

Many times people think that they need to use a lot of elbow grease and sandpaper to remove paint. But you can remove the paint easier with paint stripper.

Here are a few ways to use paint stripper to remove paint easier.

* You first have to see which kind of stripper you want to use. There are liquid strippers that work well on vertical surfaces, paste type stripper needs to be kept moist for the best results, and gel stripper is one that works well but is also the most expensive stripper.

* Once you have found the stripper that will work the best for you need to put down some newspaper in an area that you are working. Make sure that the newspaper is thick and the area is well ventilated.

* Now put a good amount on the work-piece in order to get the stripper into places such as corners, cracks, and crevices.

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After 10 or 15 minutes you have to check the progress of gel and liquid stripper. You can do this by scraping a small area using a paint scraper and if is softened all the way down to the wood than it is complete. If it is not than you need to put more paint stripper on the area you scrape and wait at least 5 minutes.

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You have to allow paste stripper to sit for a few hours after you cover it using a sheet of plastic in order for it to stay moist. Now you use a paint scraper to get rid of the loose paint that the stripper has come up.

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Rub paint out of the crevices and corners by using some steel wool.

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Clean off the leftovers by rubbing with the grain by using a ball of steel wool that is dipped in the stripper.

* Now rinse the work-piece with either water or turpentine. Make sure you read the stripper label, which will show you the best method. Make sure the area is completely dry before you start to paint or prime the area.

Safety Tips

* Chemical strippers can be dangerous to use when not protected. You have to wear goggles and gloves when using chemical strippers.

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Make sure you always use the paint strippers in an area that is well ventilated.

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When you are working with paint strippers there are harmful chemicals so be sure to keep children and pets away from your working area.

Author: Jason Green