Photo Gallery: Stripping Old Paint from Wood

Woodwork provides the finer detailing in a home and its finish is a stamp of quality. To produce good results you must prepare surfaces by stripping old paint. Learn the various methods for stripping old paint from woodwork.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Using a Heat Gun: Step 1

Turn the heat gun on and apply heat to the woodwork.

Using a Heat Gun: Step 2

After a few moments, the paint will begin to buble. Begin scrapping old paint a little at a time. Move the gun along to the next area and repeat the process.

Using a Stripping Solution: Step 1

Apply the stripping solution while wearing gloves, a mask and goggles.

Using a Stripping Solution: Step 2

Scrap off bubbled up paint.

Using a Stripping Solution: Step 3

Clean the surface of any stripping solution prior to adding new paint.

Using a Stripping Paste: Step 1

Apply the stripping paste to the painted wood surface.

Using a Stripping Paste: Step 2

Cover the entire surface. Some manufacturers suggest leaving the stripping paste on for 24 hours.

Using a Stripping Paste: Step 3

Clean all areas thoroughly.

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