If you’re thinking about updating your space soon, you may be considering a fresh coat of paint on your desired surfaces. A fresh paint job is one of the easiest ways to make your home look better. Depending on your home, when it was built, and your personal preferences, you will likely have to remove old paint before putting a new coat on, and that's what we're here to help you with, today!

Note: If your home was built before 1978 and hasn’t been painted since, or you suspect lead paint may still be present in some capacity in your home, it may be a good idea to call a professional to handle the paint removal job for you. Lead paint was used prior to 1978, and if you take a DIY approach to remove it, you could harm yourself and your family. You can purchase a lead swab kit for about $30 to check if there is lead if you aren’t sure.

Lead paint removal is best left to the professionals. As part of our services,we are certified to remove lead paint and can do so safely for you. 

There are a few steps to take when you are needing to remove paint from wood surfaces. Whether it’s your floor, your windowsills, paneling, or even if you’re wanting to upcycle an old dresser or other piece of wood furniture, you can follow some of the tips below.

 

1. Make sure the wood underneath the old coat of paint is something worth saving or exposing. You want to make sure whatever wood is underneath that paint is something you can work with and help to produce the desired results. Find a small spot that’s out of view and scrape off some of the old paint and see what’s underneath to see if you can work with it or want to work with it.


2. Purchase needed tools and equipment to get the job done right and get the job done safely. Things like respirators, safety glasses, gloves, sandpaper or sanders, paintbrushes to apply paint stripper, cleaning cloths, scrapers, and deciding what brand you want to use for stripping the paint are key to being prepared and getting it done.


3. Follow the instructions on your preferred paint remover and determine if you need a gel paint remover, a liquid paint remover or a paste paint remover.


4. Use a putty knife or a paint scraper to begin removing the paint off of the surface you want to unveil and paint or stain over.


5. If you don’t want to use chemicals to remove paint, there are safer, more natural options you can try to achieve the same effect. Heat guns, sanders, vinegar, pressure washers and citrus based paint removers can be used to help remove paint as well. Be mindful of heat guns though, because they can pose a fire risk if they get too hot and they can be pricey, so if you don't feel like dropping a ton of money on something you may use once or twice, one of the other more natural options might work better for you.

 

If removing paint off of surfaces you want to redo seems too labor intensive, we can help.

We offer many paint related services that can help you get the colors and stains you desire! If you’re interested in learning more about what we offer, feel free to check out our “Contact Us” page here to reach out to us.

Let us know if you're interested in booking a consult! Our consults are free and we provide you with free estimates as well, so next time you have a big paint job coming up, we’d be happy to help. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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