Removing Old Paint From Wood Floors

I’ve used chemical strippers, heat guns, pressure washers, sandblasters, power sanders, scrapers and plenty of elbow grease to remove paint. Stripping paint is a DIY project that requires you to keep children away, especially if there is lead paint. I use the chip brush to spread it around, and for the final time scrape the last layers of varnish and paint with the putty knife. Either your deck is made of 2×4’s or is full sheets of plywood, either situation allows for a drum sander. Before you can start the stripping process, it is necessary to choose the method that you will use to get rid of that old paint. It just means that fully getting the old coat of paint off the wood is taking time.

Just as it was important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when stripping old paint, it’s also important to be patient and do things properly. The first and probably the quickest is the Paint Panther this is a gel that you apply for around 5-10 mins and then the gel and paint can be scrapped away. Spread on the stripper with an old paint brush, let it work, then scrape off the softened and bubbling paint with a paint scraper. PaintShaver Pro is available at some rental centers, but if you’re stripping paint from an entire house, it may cost less to buy one at $500 to $600.

This will prevent dust and chips from falling onto the floor making the paint job much safer when working with lead paint. For exterior paint preparation, scraping followed by sanding is one of the more commonly used methods by our Minnesota painting company Entire paint removal is not necessary in most cases so scraping and sanding is the most cost effective solution for prepping the surface. Be sure to wear old clothes while attempting any kind of chemical paint stripping. Once the paint has started to lift you will then need a scraper in order to scrape it off.

But if your wood isn’t in terribly warped condition and it’s square, you’ll be good to use what’s called a drum sander , and you’ll be able to walk on the deck without getting splinters in your feet. Also available is as a power drill accessory is the paint and varnish remover (a metal disc with perforations punched through – sort of like a cheese grater).

It had an amazing amount of paint on it. The restoration brought the door and the glass and screen inserts back to it’s original look and will last another 100 years once painted with linseed oil paint. The biggest problem in deciding how to remove the old finish, is to know exactly what the old finish was as this will affect how the job is tackled. You may want to use a lighter shade than the wood you are trying to match – I have found that in about two month the stain will lighten a bit.

If you decide to sand off your paint finish, always use coarse, open-coat sandpaper. Covering something with Varnish would cause mistakes to appear clearly (Remember sanding along the wood grain). Although removing paint with chemical strippers – it’s much safer than sanding or scraping, we’ll still need the right safety gear. When the paint on the wood windows became too thick, it was removed and the window repainted. It allows the stripper to work longer without drying out, so you won’t have to use as many applications to get down to raw wood. The heat gun removed all the layers of paint down to the original varnish finish.

I wanted the wood to be a darker shade to appear as if it had aged naturally since 1910. Any paint that is already blatantly and dramatically fraying or peeling should be removed. It’s also a good idea to use paste wax on furniture finished using penetrating oils. There are still a few splatters that must have been from an oil paint that remain on my floor – I’ve learned to ignore them! Another product worth mentioning is RemovAll Our company hasn’t used this product but others have found it to be successful at paint removal.

We have a couple of good quality removers, the first being the Paint and Varnish Remover which is a gel that you leave on for around 5 minutes and it makes the paint bubble up making it easy to scrap off, this is probably more suitable if you need to be able to use the stairs. New replacement windows used today will not last nearly as long as these old windows did. The chemical substance makes it possible to wipe or scrape the paint away easily.

In addition, assurances should be given by these companies that caustic paint removers will be neutralized with a mild acid solution or at least thoroughly rinsed with water after dipping (a caustic residue makes the wood feel slippery). Choose a work area that is well ventilated but protected from weather while you remove lead paint. As the stripper works, the paint on the surface will lift and bubble, creating a softened, rubbery sludge.

Open all of the windows in the house after applying the rubbing alcohol to get fresh air into the house. Typically, we use chemical strippers to remove clear coats on furniture or woodwork followed by sanding. In order to prevent blistering of painted surfaces, paint should not be applied in direct sunlight. Forgive me, I’ve been wrapped up in a major kitchen renovation) All I had to do was get the paint mixed and get painting.

The rotary wire stripper—clusters of metals wires similarly attached to an electric drill-type unit—can actually shred a wooden surface and is thus to be used exclusively for removing corrosion and paint from metals. We have a huge selection of amazing products designed to breathe new beauty into your wood, whether it’s a gorgeous old floor, a splendid piece of antique or vintage furniture, a pine door or rococo picture frame.

The obvious goal in using the putty knife or the paint scraper is to selectively remove the affected layer or layers of paint; however, both of these tools, particularly the paint scraper with its hooked edge, must be used with care to properly prepare the surface and to avoid gouging the wood. I think the quickest way to strip the paint of the woodwork is to us a paint stripper torch.

Both heat guns and blowtorches are suitable for removing thicker layers of paint, however care must be taken when using these tools. You’re walking so you don’t create divots in the deck from the drum sander catching (it’s going to be moving with you). The recommendations outlined in this Brief are cautious because at present there is no completely safe and effective method of removing old paint from exterior woodwork.

Thank you for your inquiry, there are two possible options for stripping, the first is the Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover this is a quick working stripper that can remove up to 6 layers in about 5 minutes. If you live in a home built before 1978, we recommend following these procedures when disturbing paint for remodeling, repainting or making repairs unless you know that the surfaces don’t contain lead. While the application procedure is the same for most chemical paint strippers, the exact details may vary. There are several different types of stains and dyes which may be used to color wood.

This will enable future investigators to have a record of the building’s paint history. After the paint has been sufficiently softened, it can be carefully removed with a scraper. Removing a coating or a paint finish from a wall is awful, lets face it, but it has to be done sometimes and is usually very hard work. I was hoping to eventually tackle the wood trim in the house, but that would have been a whole other lesson in patience. However, if the old finish is crazed or alligatored, you may be able to easily repair it if it’s shellac. I just got myself a Victorian hall chair in an auction and I want to restore the wood finish.

Chemical strippers – commonly called paint strippers – are an effective means of removing paint and varnish from wood furniture or projects. This conditions the wood to accept the water-based products with less raised grain. Glad I found this while searching for how I go about stripping the red paint off of my front door and restore it to it’s natural wood beauty.

For example, paint on the wooden siding and doors may be adhering firmly; paint on the eaves peeling; and paint on the porch balusters and window sills cracking and alligatoring. After a particular exterior paint surface condition has been identified, the next step in planning for repainting—if paint removal is required—is selecting an appropriate method for such removal. Purchase a variety of putty knives to apply the filler to the siding (2-inch, 4-inch, and 6-inch should cover it). Stripping an old finish from furniture or trim has its challenges but the reward when you are finished is enormous.

Historic buildings have been set on fire with blow torches; wood irreversibly scarred by sandblasting or by harsh mechanical devices such as rotary sanders and rotary wire strippers; and layers of historic paint inadvertently and unnecessarily removed. In a worst-case scenario, where you have a water or latex based paint stain which you know to be old, you may need to attack the stain with a hot, wet scrubber and a sponge.

When the job is done, and all the paint has gone, try finishing the area by sanding it down with a light sandpaper. I have stripped paint and varnish indoors, using a bath tub to rinse the wood, and found the whole process to be painfully time consuming. It is also essential, (see above), that you do not get paint stripper on your hands or any skin at all for that matter, so dont wear sandals! Always keep the gun moving gently about 50mm from the surface and scrape away the paint as it begins to bubble.