Thoughts on paint removal

As I mentioned previously, it’s been almost a year since we first started the bannister scraping process.  We got seriously discouraged after using Peel Away because although it did help remove the paint, it also created a bigger mess/hassle than it was worth.  A goopy slurry (as we called it) ended up on the floor and lots of other places too.  And at the end of the day, the scraping process was kind of becoming a smearing process.  Ugh.  Yuck.

So after our long winter hiatus, we tackled it again…with nothing more than a little elbow grease this time.  And I’m proud to say that it turns out that just a plain ole scraper + some muscle was the best combination for quickly removing the paint.

Our main tool of choice was the one shown in the first photo.   It was really able to get the majority of the paint off and done really quickly.   The second spackle knife (second photo) was smaller and better at detail work in the curvy parts.  Now we’ve basically gotten the entire bannister railing paint free.  We just need to sand it down and polyurethane it.  (I’m considering using tung oil on it since it worked so well for my kitchen floors.  Not sure yet which way to go on this one.)

Anyways…that’s the update.  I felt compelled to give a final analysis of it.  My friend Marisa also swears by the heat gun, which I’ve not used before…but may consider borrowing next time I have a lot of surface area of paint to remove.

Once we get the whole thing sanded down and finished, I’ll post final pics.

3 thoughts on “Thoughts on paint removal

  1. I use the same thing when scraping paint. Looks like you have a 7in1 tool. I have tried soygel and peel away, but nothing seems to be able to take all the layers of paint off, metal blades seem to be the easiest way to go. keep up the good work

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