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How to Remove Old Paint and Varnish

Stripping away old paint or varnish doesn't have to be an impossible task. Follow tips from the experts on how to strip away old paint...

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Top 32 Stripping Projects

  1. 1. Using an Environmentally Friendly Paint Stripper

    DIY experts discuss environmentally friendly paint strippers, which take a little longer to do the job but are safer for the user and t...

  2. 2. Best Electrical Wire Stripper (00:55)

    Take a look at a great wire stripping tool that is a snap to use.

  3. 3. Franmar Soy Gel (01:20)

    Check out this eco-friendly solution to stripping paint from surfaces.

  4. 4. Chemical Furniture Strippers (06:13)

    Learn techniques for stripping finishes with methylene chloride.

  5. 5. Stripping Cabinets (01:18)

    Jenny and Cave Wilson give advice on how to strip cabinets.

  6. 6. Stripping Paint (02:54)

    Brad Staggs reveals how easy it is to strip paint off an old door knob.

  7. 7. Slow Cooker Paint Removal (00:01:11)

    Nicole uses a slow cooker to help strip old hardware of caked-on paint.

  8. 8. Wallpaper Stripping System (03:14)

    If the usual methods don't work, try a wallpaper stripping system.

  9. 9. Professional Refinishing Tips (03:38)

    Learn time-saving techniques and clean-up tricks for stripping projects.

  10. 10. Protecting Weather Stripping (00:00:23)

    Extend the life of the rubber seal around your doors with this easy trick.

  11. 11. How to Remove Paint and Reveal the Natural Wood

    A dresser gets stripped with liquid paint remover to reveal its natural pine color, then stamped with small suns to add character to th...

    Time:
    Day
    Cost:
    $50 - $100
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  12. 12. Safety Precautions for Chemical Strippers

    Learn the proper techniques and materials needed to safely remove old finishes from wooden furniture and antiques.

    Time:
    2 hours
    Cost:
    $1 - $50
    Difficulty:
    Easy to Moderate
  13. 13. Staining a Banister (01:00)

    Here are the DIY Basics on staining a banister.

  14. 14. Salvaging Cabinets (01:56)

    Matt Martin and his mother give advice on how to salvage kitchen cabinets.

  15. 15. Stripping Paint From Furniture (02:44)

    Removing paint from wooden furniture is easy with these great tips.

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