Before you start a stripping project, make sure you have the products you need for the job, including:
Get Rid Of Old Stripper
Many windows and doors are finished in old paint compounds that may contain hazardous materials. Make sure you dispose of old stripper and coating in a metal container, and keep this in a well-ventilated area until you are able to dispose of it. Check your federal, state and local guidelines for proper disposal.
With the right supplies and a few simple tips, stripping paint and varnish is easier than it sounds. Not all strippers remove all finishes, so check the Klean-Strip® Product Guide to make sure you have the right stripper for the job and read the product label for any additional items you will need. Be sure to read all directions before starting any stripping project. Visit our projects section for more specific sample projects.
Remove all hardware from the piece to be stripped. Spread out a heavy plastic drop cloth 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 and maintain a cross ventilation of moving fresh air across the work area with a fan, unless you are using a flammable stripper like Strip-X®. In this case, do not use a fan. Mask and tape off areas not to be stripped.
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, pour some of the stripper into glass or metal container. Dip brush and apply to surface, always brushing in one direction only. Apply about 1/8” thick layer of stripper. For aerosol or sprayable strippers, follow the directions on the label and use short sweeping motions to apply an even coat.
TIP: Work on small surface areas, up to 9 sq. ft. at a time.
Read the product label to determine how long to let the remover sit. Then begin removing the softened paint just before the remover starts to dry. If you start too soon, the remover may not have time to soften the coating or penetrate through all layers.
Scrape off the softened paint using the plastic stripping tool so as not to harm the surface. Always scrape in the direction of the wood grain. Put all the scraped finish and remover into the second container
Use a clean abrasive stripping pad with Klean-Strip® Paint Stripper AfterWash or Mineral Spirits to loosen remaining finish and remove any residue. Surface should be completely clean and dry before refinishing.
Return unused stripper to the original container and seal it tightly for your next project. Store container in a cool place, below 90°, out of direct sunlight. Take the scrapings outdoors and allow them to dry. Then dispose of container in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. Wash brushes, hands and arms with cold soap and water.
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