How to Remove Paint from Wood
The Best Paint Stripper Options for DIY Projects - Bob Vila
By Manasa Reddigari and Tony Carrick. Paint prep is a necessary but sometimes tedious step. Some types of paint prep are easier than others. On a piece of furniture with only a few isolated peeling patches, you can simply scrape, sand, and prime before repainting. You could do this manually with a hand sander and a whole lot of elbow grease not an option with lead-based paint. Or you can use a paint stripper , which will take care of the task at hand in far less time and with far less effort on your part. Before you set out to purchase a paint stripper for your project, know that not all are suitable for all types of paint and surfaces, and some include harsh chemical ingredients that require you to take special safety precautions.
Is Stripping Paint Really Necessary?
We get a steady stream of customers asking us for advice about paint stripper use and how to remove paint and varnish from wood. Thankfully contemporary stripping products are relatively simple, effective and safe to use. Much better than the bad old days when your only choice was pure caustic soda, nasty stuff!
To support our work, we are paid for providing advertising services. There are plenty of chemical paint stripper products on the market, but not all are created equal. While traditional paint thinners often contained toxic chemicals like the methylene chloride , you can now find a paint stripper made of solvents with low acute toxicity. Ideally, the best paint stripper should also be water-based, odor-free, non-caustic, and biodegradable. And though the best paint stripper for wood, walls, or any other surface should be as non-toxic as possible, you still need to practice safe handling.