Homeowners are faced with several options when it comes to performing paint removal the right way. There are guidelines you can follow that will help to determine the amount of paint that needs to be removed that will make the job quicker, as well as much easier too.
1.) Figure out what material is under the paint
If you have drywall sitting under the paint, for example, the last thing you’ll want to use is a toxic paint remover made out of harsh chemicals. All this will do is destroy the drywall. Instead, grab some sandpaper or an electric sander and go at it the manual way, being careful not to push too hard. On the other hand, if you’re removing paint from crown molding or baseboards, then you should resort to using the chemicals because the sander will change the lines and shape of the molding.
2.) Clean up the surface paint
Clean the surface paint with some sort of degreasing agent, such as liquid dish soap or 409 cleaner. Rinse away the detergent or cleaner with water and let it air dry for a day.
3.) Use edging tape
You’ll next want to take painter’s tape and tape the edges off where you’ll be sanding or spraying, thus keeping away from areas that you don’t want to change.
4.) Chemical paint removal
There are several paint removers that we recommend, all of which are environmentally friendly, so don’t think you have to use something that’s toxic. Simply perform a quick Google search for such a product. Once you have it in hand, spray it onto the surfaces that you want to remove paint from and let it sit for a half hour. Once the time has passed, grab some old rags and wipe it up. Any paint that wasn’t dissolved by the paint remover should be scraped off with a putty knife. Try not to let anything get in your eyes.
5.) Get your home ready for sanding
Remove any valuables from the walls, and get the furniture out. Use Visqueen on doorways so molecules don’t get transferred from room to room.
We suggest renting an electric sander from a hardware store or equipment rental facility. Start with a pretty coarse sandpaper. After you’re done sanding, sweep up or wipe down the sanded surfaces so you can see how well it worked. Then, go over these same surfaces again with a less coarse sandpaper, and repeat. This should take off all the paint pretty easily. Lastly, use a super-fine grit paper to smooth out and polish the sanded surfaces so they’re ready for the new paint.
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