How To Strip Paint From A Wood Surface

27 July 2015
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Stripping paint from a wooden surface can be a difficult task. It often requires a lot of heavy scrubbing and the use of powerful stripping chemicals. Of course, the difficulty of removing your paint will depend on the type of paint, wood and the overall condition of the surface. One way to make a project much easier is to invest in a power disc sander. On some wood surfaces you will have better luck with just the chemicals. On others you might just need to use a power sander. This article will explain how to remove paint from wood surface using a combination of chemical would strippers and power sanders.

Using Stripping Chemicals

Before you break out the power sander, you should test the efficiency of your wood stripping chemicals. Often, it is best to try a few different chemicals to see which one works best for your piece of wood. Different brands have different formulas and use different chemicals that might be more effective on one type of paint or wood than another. Test a small, less visible spot on the wood to see which product will work best for you. If you are finding that you still need to do a lot of heavy scrubbing to get the paint off of the wood, you might need to resort to using a power sander. 

Using a Power Sander

The good thing about using a power sander is that you can definitely get all of the paint off of your wood. However, this often means you have to remove a substantial portion of the top layer of the wood. This will slightly alter the pattern of the wood grain. Of course, if you are trying to sand a very thing or veneered piece of wood, you run the risk of shaving too much off of the wood. If this is the case, you will just need to be a little more patient and do some heavy scrubbing with the stripping chemicals instead.

To speed up the sanding you should use two different sandpapers. Start with a rougher grit paper (anywhere from 160-200 grit) that will remove the layer of paint or stain quicker. After all or most of the paint is removed, you can step up to a smoother paper (anywhere from 360-500 grit). This will leaving the wood surface smooth enough to be painted or stained.

You might find that combining both of these methods is the only way to fully remove the paint from your wood.

To learn more about paint stripping, contact a company like Dip 'N Strip