How Do You Use Paint Remover?

use paint removerToday we are going to discuss about the paint remover and the techniques used for paint removal. But firstly let me tell you some basic details about paint removers.

Paint remover is a product that is used to remove paint coatings, paints and other types of furnishes and finishes. It is also used for cleaning primary surfaces. Removal of paint from a surface could cause lead poisoning so whatever product is used should be of great quality.

In order to avoid lead poisoning the person applying the paint or paint remover should read the precautions and the suggestions mentioned in the label of the paint remover pack.

People always get confused between paint remover and paint stripper so today we are also going to solve this issue. So yes paint remover and paint stripper is one and the same thing.

So now let’s start with how to remove paint with the help of paint removers or paint strippers.

Things required for paint removal:

  1. Steel wool
  2. Lint free cloth
  3. Mineral strips
  4. Paint remover

There are four methods of removing paint with a paint remover. We are going to discuss all of them to make sure you get all the information and you can easily decide whichever one suits best for you. So let’s get started with exploring the different methods available for paint removal.
stripping paint from wood
Firstly we will learn how to remove paint from a wooden article. The various methods used in paint removal from wooden article are:

  1. The method preferred by all mentioned by the manufacturer itself.
  2. Application of paint remover and stripping of paint.
  3. Removal with help of paint remover and furniture refinisher.
  4. Paint removal using a safe stripper

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So let’s begin with the first method of paint removal

Manufacturer’s method:

Manufacturer’s methodThe most preferred method or chemical used for paint removal is with the help of chemical strippers or removers. There are three types of chemical strippers and very type has its own characteristics and ingredients which need to be taken care of while applying.

Chemical strippers have presence of caustic chemicals in them which need special care. While handling chemical removers or paint removers you need to take safety measures like wearing a heavy duty rubber gloves, a respirator and follow all the instructions given on the pack of paint remover whether you are working outdoors or in a full ventilated room. Paint removers basically are consisting of ethylene chloride.

They are available for both vertical surfaces and surfaces with carving and designing. The one for vertical surfaces has a thick semi paste and the chemical remover for carvings or ornamented surface is in a liquid form.

Both the types of chemical removers have a wax component that helps in slowing down the evaporation process and lets the chemical stay on the wooden surface for a longer period.

Applying the paint remover and then striping it all off

Firstly before opening the paint remover can shake it well to mix it well and then pour the remover in a shallow pot or container. When you start to apply paint remover, start with small sections rather than opting for larger surface.

It is much easier and convenient to strip a small area than a large one so stripping at once. For removing old paint spot from an article just select the section and apply a thick amount of paint remover to the section with a cheap brush. After application leave the remover to dry for at least 20-25 mins till the paint starts to bubble up.

After the paint has softened remove it with the help of a plastic scrapper. If the paint doesn’t get removed the first time you can apply the remover again with a thick coat after 15-20 mins scrap it with help of a pad of steel wool dipped in mineral spirits or can even use lacquer thinner to remove the remaining bits of paint left on the section. At last wipe the section with a soft cloth which is dipped in mineral spirits.

With use of furniture refinished:

Earlier we talked about chemical removers but let me tell you chemical strippers or removers are not the only option for removing paint we also have furniture refinishers as the option too.

Furniture refinishers are wax free solutions made out of solvents like denatured alcohol, lacquer thinner and mineral spirits. These strippers are best suitable for removing varnishes such as shellac and lacquer. But first to determine the suitability of a varnish with a furniture refinisher you have to first perform this simple test just to check the solvency of the refinisher.

Firstly, moisten a damp of cotton with a nail polish remover and rub the same on a furniture refinisher. If the colour of the cotton ball turns brown, it means the finish has dissolved and the old paint could be removed with a furniture refinisher.

A furniture refinisher doesn’t contain wax and hence evaporates very quickly, so it’s better to start with smaller sections to avoid wastage of refinisher.

Next step would be pouring furniture refinisher into shallow container and then dip a soft cotton cloth into it and then rub the same cloth on the old finish until it gets dissolved. If you undergo a difficulty in removing with a cloth then switch to a pad of steel wool dipped in the refinisher solution. Next step would wipe down the surface with a clean cloth dipped in the refinisher.

Use a safe stripper

The next category of the paint strippers are safe strippers. These strippers are manufactures for users who are really sensitive to chemicals.

The benefits of safe strippers is that they are consisting of less caustic chemicals than other safe strippers but are more expensive than other pain removers and it also takes much longer time to remove the furnish.

The methods used for removing paint with safe strippers are same as the other.


First step is to shake the pack of remover before opening the container.

Apply a thick coat of safe stripper to the section desired but don’t over coat. Then lay a small piece of wax paper above the section to slow down the process of evaporation. Once the remover has dried out, just use a plastic scraper to scrape off the old paint.

After this step again apply a thick coat of remover and cover it with the wax paper. After the remover has softened scrub it off with the help of a coarse steel wool. Lastly wipe the section with a clean cloth.

So these were the methods of removing paint with a paint remover or paint stripper. You can also use these techniques to remove paint from the other articles like metal etc.

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