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Removing paint

If you want to repaint surfaces that are cracked or peeling, you’ll have to remove the old paint. Otherwise, you’ll be wasting your time!

Difficulty level : 
Duration : 
4 hours

1
Apply the paint stripper

  • 1.1 Pour the paint stripper into a container and place it on craft paper.
  • 1.2 Apply a thick layer of stripper to the surface with a paintbrush, brushing in one direction only.
  • 1.3 Let the stripper set according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Top tip

Work on small surfaces at a time so the paint, softened by the stripper, doesn’t harden.
Today’s paint strippers are more respectful of the environment. Gel products should be privileged.
You can use the product more than once, even if there is paint residue.

Don’t forget that even water-based strippers, although less harmful for the environment, can be dangerous. Take the necessary precautions.

2
Scrape off the paint

  • 2.1 Using a putty knife, scrape the softened paint by applying pressure on the surface.
  • 2.2 Regularly clean off the blade on a metal container (strippers will dissolve plastic).
  • 2.3 Consult local environmental regulations to dispose of the waste.

Top tip

Work carefully to avoid gouging the wood.
In areas that are hard to reach, use the appropriate tool.

3
Scrub the surface

  • 3.1 Remove all traces of the old finish using steel wool or sandpaper. Use a small wire brush in tight corners.

4
Rinse the surface

  • 4.1 Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for rinsing the surface. Generally, you will need to rinse off the surface with a cloth dampened with denatured alcohol.

5
Sand the surface

  • 5.1 Once the surface is dry, sand it down and apply a new finish.

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