Paint stripping basics
Home improvement can be challenging. Before you jump in headfirst, take a minute to read these basics and check the product label for additional directions and tools. Visit our projects section for more specific sample projects.
Remove all hardware from the panel to be stripped. Spread out a drop cloth or newspaper to cover the work area. Work in an outdoor or well-ventilated area out of direct sun and away from strong breezes. If working indoors, open all windows and doors to maintain a cross ventilation across the work area. Mask and tape off areas not to be stripped.
2. Apply the remover
Wear chemical splash goggles and chemical-resistant gloves and apply the stripper according to package directions. This may be by brushing or spraying. For brush-applied strippers, brush in one direction only. For aerosol, point the sprayer away from you. Hold the can about 10"-12" from surface to be stripped. Use short sweeping motions to apply
3. Let the remover work
Follow the "directions for use" on the remover label to know how long to let the remover work. Let the remover do its job. If you start too soon, the remover may not have time to soften or penetrate through all layers.
4. Scrape it off
Scrape off the softened paint using the plastic stripping tool so as not to harm the surface.
5. Remove the residue
Use a clean abrasive stripping pad with Citristrip Paint Stripper After Wash to loosen remaining finish and remove any residue. Surface should be completely clean and dry before refinishing.
Return unused stripper to the original container. Clean-up materials should be left outside to dry before throwing out. Lay contaminated rags and paper out flat to dry before disposing
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Many windows and doors are finished in old paint compounds that may contain hazardous materials. Make sure you dispose of old stripper and finish in a metal container, and keep this in a well ventilated area. Check your federal, state and local guidelines for proper disposal.
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