How to Safely Remove Paint

Paint never lasts forever so it’s better to safely remove the old paint and get a new coating on it. This would give your building a completely fresh look. When the exterior wood trim hardens and drips and blobs from the paint the best solution is to either strip the paint or simply replace the trim. Trim has no historical value thus it’s not worth saving.

Stripping or removal are two extremely essential solutions. Try using a wet-sand big blob of paint using water-resistant sandpaper on a hand-sanding block along with a plastic spray bottle. It is recommended to keep misting the surfaces down as you work. Moreover, you should also use a garden hose to wash pigment off nearby siding. You would definitely not be in favor of getting a stain in the sliding or getting a pigment-tinted runoff. To ensure you avoid both the scenarios it is recommended to use a random-orbit sander and stearate-coated (paint-stripping) sandpaper. Before using it ensure that you frequently empty out the sander’s dust bag. It is endorsed to hook the sander to a shop vacuum to keep airborne debris to a minimum.

Stripping is an effective solution for areas that are in extremely bad condition as it may save you some time over sanding. You should take care of the adjacent siding which you can protect by using painter’s tape. These painters’ tapes are easily available at paint stores and home centers. Avoid using a tan-colored masking tape because it is only suited for household applications that are not related to painting. Try using drop cloths on pavement or over shrubbery to guard them against falling. Since you have opted for stripper you will have to scrape softened paint off curved surfaces and out of corners. Thus it is suggested to get yourself a selection of flat and contoured scrapers.

There are a few aspects which are usually overlooked by an unprofessional painter but they play an extremely important role in painting. These elements are being discussed as follows.

It is important to ensure that a stripped surface should be neutralized and rinsed after the stripping is done. If the procedure is not followed then there the residual chemicals can discolor the paint and interfere with its bond. Usually, a neutralizer is recommended by the manufacturer itself. It can range from a mildly acidic solution so that you could quickly wipe with a clean cloth. The last but certainly the most important step is to check with the town about how to dispose of the gunk that you strip off the trim. It is significant for you to dispose of the junk properly because the stripped material may contain lead.

Stripping-Safety Toolkit

Safety ToolkitTry using a Stripping-Safety Toolkit because paint stripping is a tough and a murky work.


EyesTry using safety glasses while scraping off paint because old paint is brittle, and chips can fly off a scraper into your eyes.


PrimingGet a pair of chemical-resistant gloves for handling scrapers and sandpaper.


Stripping paint might also release lead, in such cases; it is suggested to wear a cartridge respirator rated for organic vapors. While in other situation a dust mask or respirator should be more than enough.


It’s better to ensure that you follow the right steps while scraping off the paint from the walls. It is so because this task requires a special effort to ensure that your walls give off a perfect look when painted again after scrapping.