Pick paint - so you do it right


Old and sticky paint coatings are often difficult to sand off. Picking them off is a good alternative. How to do it right, and what to look for, this article tells you.

Stripper for paints

Choose the right paint stripper for the material - depending on whether you want to pick off wood or metal. For paint removal, use a suitable paint stripper:

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

health hazards

Always use paint strippers outdoors or at least with sufficient ventilation. Be sure to wear:

  • safety goggles
  • Protective gloves
  • Dust mask

Children should not get paint removers and should stay away from work. Handle the remedies carefully, they are dangerous to your health. Dispose of the residues carefully and remove all splashes immediately.

Paint stripping - step by step

  • paint stripper
  • water
  • brush
  • spatula
  • Grinder with matching washers

1. Apply paint remover

Apply paint remover saturated and at least 1 mm thick, it is best to use a spatula and / or a brush for it. Allow the paint stripper to be drawn in, the duration of the action is specified by the manufacturer.

2. Remove coating layers

After the reaction time, remove the paint layers with a spatula. In order to make it easier, you can additionally (cautiously) heat the paint with a heat gun.

Any leftovers that you could not remove can now be carefully removed with the wire brush. If there are several layers of paint, you may have to apply the paint stripper again and leave it on again to remove the remaining paint layers.

3. Washing and regrinding

When all the remnants are removed, wash the workpiece thoroughly with water. Then you should sand the surface again thoroughly.

Tips & Tricks

Grinding is always the better alternative, as long as it is possible with reasonable effort. For wood, you may also be able to plan very thin layers (<1mm) off flat surfaces. Use an appropriately adjustable electric planer for this purpose.


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