Posted on: 23 March 2016Share
Removing paint from wood can be a painstaking process. There are many ways to go about it, and some paint jobs can be very stubborn, whether they are extremely old or recently painted. This article uses the example of wooden siding to explain two different approaches to paint removal. Of course, most of the same rules and techniques apply with other painted wood surfaces. You will learn if it is more practical to remove your paint with power sanders or chemical stripping agents.
Using Power Sanders
In some cases a power sander is all you need to remove the paint. At first, you will need to use a disc sander with a medium grit sandpaper to help knock away the paint. Of course, a sander produces a lot of dust, so you need to do some masking and prep work before you begin. You can use painter's plastic to cover the ground around the wall you are sanding. You will then need to go over the entire surface again with a fine grit sandpaper. This creates a surface that is smooth enough to be painted.
There are a few drawbacks to using power sanders. First, it can be difficult to get within the cracks and corners, especially on shingle or panel walls. Also, using the power sander is very physical. You need to strongly press down the sander as you grind away. For many people the job is just too exhausting. This is where a chemical paint stripping agent might be a good solution.
Using Stripping Agents
Stripping agents are disliked by some people because they don't want to introduce a harmful chemical into the environment. That being said, there are many nontoxic, eco-friendly liquids for paint removal. They can be very useful, if your paint is being stubborn. You basically spray the agent onto the surface and let it soak in for a few hours. The paint is not going to fall right off the wood, but it should now be more easy to remove with a sander or hand scrapers.
Since this technique often still requires vigorous sanding, many people choose to avoid it altogether. It might be a good idea to first test your wall with the power sander to see how hard it is to remove the paint. Only resort to using the chemicals if the paint is hard to remove. Either way, the job is going to require a little bit of elbow grease.
For professional help, contact a company like Dip 'N Strip.