Picking up furniture - this is how you proceed correctly

To remove old lacquer layers from furniture, you need a lot of time for sanding - or a suitable paint stripper. How to proceed properly when picking, and what you have to pay special attention, read in this post.

Application for paint strippers

Basically, grinding is always the better alternative. In some cases, however, many layers of paint or paint may be present on a piece of furniture. Many furniture paints are also sticky and immediately stick to the sandpaper, which can then no longer be used.

In these cases, sanding is a very time-consuming and strenuous job - in addition, the sanding paper consumption, especially in thicker layers, almost enormous. Paint strippers dissolve most of the paint layers so far that they can easily be removed with a spatula.

Which stripper?

Alkaline paint strippers are only suitable for oil varnishes or alkyd resin varnishes. For all other types of paint, a solvent-based paint stripper must be used. Make sure that the paint stripper you are using is actually suitable for the particular paint type.

Also make sure that you use a paint stripper that is suitable for the respective furniture wood.

protective gear

When working with paint strippers, it is essential to pay attention to suitable protective equipment:

  • Protective gloves
  • safety goggles
  • Protective mask for grinding dust, possibly also against vapors

Basically you should work with paint strippers in the open air, where this is not possible, it must be ensured sufficient ventilation.

Remove furniture - step by step

  • Paint Stripper
  • water
  • brush
  • spatula
  • sharpener

1. Apply paint stripper

Apply paint strippers of at least 1 mm thickness and allow to act according to the manufacturer's instructions. The end of the exposure time can be recognized by the formation of bubbles and the formation of a solid "crust".

2. Scrape the paint

When the exposure time is over and a crust has formed, the dissolved paint can be scraped off with a spatula. If even thicker layers of paint are present, the stripper must be applied again.

4. Washing and regrinding

After removing the furniture, wash the furniture thoroughly with water and allow it to dry for at least 2 - 3 days. Then it should be thoroughly sanded again (on the dry piece of furniture!)

Tips & Tricks

An alternative to pickling would be to use an electric planer to simply plan the paint layers off flat surfaces. With corresponding adjustment possibilities (plane thickness approx. 0.5 mm)

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