Tools for Surface Preparation

Before painting or wallpapering, you must prepare the surface. Learn more from DIY Network on how commercial products can aid in the process.
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A paint stripper helps remove paint or finish from a surface. It comes in grades suited to various levels of stripping. Always wear gloves and a mask when using paint stripper to protect your skin and lungs from harmful chemicals.

Tack cloth works like a debris magnet for cleaning off surfaces. Before you paint or finish a surface, it's crucial that it be clean and free of debris.

A wire wheel brush attached to a drill is good for removing rust. If you don't have a power drill, use a handheld wire brush.

A wallpaper steamer works like a clothes iron without a hot plate. It releases steam onto the wallpaper to melt the glue and allow the user to peel off the paper.

The heat gun is used like a hair dryer to melt paint. Hold the tool close to the surface, and the paint will start to bubble off. Then use a paint scraper to remove the softened paint. This tool should not be used on lead-based paint.

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