That piece of old wood furniture you purchased might be a genuine pearl covered up under layers of blurred paint. In the event that you could simply eliminate that paint, you may uncover perfect hardwood or sugary pine, prepared to get another stain, hand-scoured oil, or perhaps another paint tone.
The most ideal approach to eliminate paint from wood furniture is the one that adjusts your longing for completely stripped furniture with your understanding and capacity to bear synthetic compounds and scratching. Taking paint from wood furniture is never simple since it’s generally brimming with little hiding spots, also fine subtleties that you would prefer not to jumble. In any case, with a keen multi-pronged assault utilizing the right devices and materials, you will have lovely wood furniture to be glad for.
Tools and Materials
Ignore gimmicky paint removal systems and stick to the basics. These items have long been proven to do the job right:
- Heat gun: A heat gun looks like a hair dryer, except it blasts air that’s hot enough to catch paper instantly on fire—or to melt paint.
- Scrapers and scrubbers: Pick up a small variety of inexpensive metal and plastic scrapers, including a 5-in-1 tool, a bag of steel wool, and a metal bristle brush. Alternatively, you can try household items like old credit cards, teaspoons, flat-head screwdrivers, toothbrushes, etc.
- Paint stripper: You can choose a caustic, solvent, or biochemical stripper. Caustic strippers use lye as the main ingredient and turn the paint into a thick, soapy film. Solvents quite effectively loosen the bond between the paint and the wood, but they are the most dangerous type to breathe. Biochemical strippers include popular citrus-based products. These work the slowest and require more scraping, but they are the safest to use and emit fewer noxious fumes.
- Lead paint test kit: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes only two widely available DIY lead paint test kits: 3M LeadCheck, and D-Lead. Test old paint for lead, and if you find any, don’t do any dry scraping or sanding.
- Safety equipment: Use thick rubber gloves rated for chemical use, a breathing respirator, and safety glasses.
- Sandpaper: Get a variety of coarse and fine sandpapers.
Test Paint for Lead
In 1978, the U.S. national government restricted the offer of toxic paint on the customer market. Lead has been followed to a scope of wellbeing concerns, mainly among kids. By definition, the more seasoned your painted wood furniture is, the more prominent the possibility it will have been covered with toxic paint. Chip off the right measure of paint needed by the unit and test it yourself or send it off to a lab for proficient testing.
Eliminate or Cover Sensitive Areas
Anything that won’t get deprived of paint that can be taken out (handles, pulls, pivots, and so forth) ought to be taken out. This will make your work a lot simpler. On the off chance that you have things that can’t be eliminated (like upholstery), cover with hefty plastic sheeting and secure it with painter’s tape.
Start With the Heat Gun
Eliminate however much paint as could reasonably be expected with the warmth weapon and metal scrubbers. You might luck out and this will eliminate the entirety of the paint. In all probability, however, it will eliminate some paint yet not every last bit of it.
Warmth firearms applied to wood can light fires. Make certain to peruse the entirety of the security guidance in the manual. Start with the weapon went to its most minimal wattage and hold far away from the furniture piece. Try not to point the weapon in one spot. All things considered, move gradually in a roundabout movement. The most vulnerable paint will start to twist up. In more troublesome regions, delicately scratch with a metal scrubber. The paint ought to relax and become earth like, which can be scraped up and lifted away.
Continue to Paint Strippers
After you have eliminated however much paint as could reasonably be expected with the warmth weapon, utilize a paint stripper to remove the rest. In case you are at all loath to synthetic substances, a citrus-based stripper is ideal. The smell isn’t hostile, and a few clients even think that its wonderful. It is non-poisonous and non-destructive.
Move the furniture outside or into a very much ventilated region. Put on your gloves and respirator veil. Sand the excess paint delicately to scrape it up and make it simpler for the stripper to chip away at the paint.
Apply the stripper as coordinated by the maker, utilizing the suggested sort of brush. Stand by the essential measure of time for the stripper to mollify the paint.
Scratch the Softened Paint
A comfortable proverb with paint strippers is: Let the stripper accomplish the work. All strippers need a specific measure of time to tackle their work. Before that time, you are just making more work for yourself. Be that as it may, on the off chance that you stand by too long, the relaxed paint will ultimately solidify. For instance, citrus-based strippers ought to be permitted to sit for something like 30 minutes yet close to 24 hours.