Removing paint from wood can be a tedious task, but with the help of a heat gun, the process goes much faster and more smoothly. Heat guns also work for removing old varnishes and other finishes. Often times, heat guns work better than chemical strippers and other products giving you the desired look you were wanting.
If you’ve been following along you know that I have been busy at work removing a billion layers of paint from our upstairs woodwork in our new to us, 1886 Victorian home! First I began by testing for lead based paint, then I stripped multiple layers of paint with a product that is safe, effective and has zero VOC. While I was able to get down probably 8-10 layers of paint with the stripper, I needed to bust out the heat gun to finish off the remaining million layers. I’ve put the entire process together in my free guide to proper paint removal.
When To Use A Heat Gun
Heat guns are great for projects that are indoors or have multiple layers of paint or varnish built up on them. It is ideal for woodwork around doors, windows and baseboards.
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Before Using A Heat Gun
Before using a heat gun, always test the paint that you are removing for lead. Follow these instructions here for my step-by-step tutorial on testing for lead based paint.
Heat Gun Safety
Step-By-Step Video Tutorial
This instructional video teaches how to safely and properly remove paint from wood surfaces while using a heat gun and paint scraper. Before removing paint in a home or building built before 1978 be sure to test for lead first.
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