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In some cases, when furniture has to be renewed, sometimes old paint has to be removed. Paint clean up and removal can be somewhat tricky, especially if you are new to the process. If you have a painted surface, you may not need to remove the paint, but can paint over the top. If you are hoping to get back to the natural tones of the wood, for example, striping down the paint is important. There are other instances when you should remove the paint as well. Here are some tips to help you with paint clean up and removal.

Old paint and varnish can usually be removed, even if they are older. There are several methods you can use to accomplish this. First, you can use a chemical paint or varnish remover. These are often found in most hardware stores and they can be one of the simplest of methods to use. This product is applied to the paint to "soften" it. The old paint can then be scrapped off using a putty knife. Use water to rinse the paint away. Allow the area to fully dry before repainting.

Another option is to sand away the paint. You can also use heat to remove the paint. These are options to consider if you cannot use the chemical product to remove the paint. The sand and heat methods are both more time consuming to use. This is why most projects are best handled with a chemical based product.

Paint Clean Up and Removal Tips

If you have uneven areas or you have hard to reach areas, it is best to use a chemical paint remover to remove the paint from the surface. Sanding in these areas may be impossible.

You may need to do some areas more than one time to get a finished, quality look. This is again especially important for those hard to reach places, such as the spindles of a chair.

If there is a carved out area, such as with woodworking or metal surfaces, use a scouring pad to get into those grooves. You can apply the chemical paint remover, allow it to sit for a few minutes then use the scouring pad to remove the paint thorough.

If you have rounded areas to remove paint from, and are struggling, place the rounded item into a can to catch the chemical remover as it drips down. This is a good option for surfaces like chair and table legs.

Protect areas where you do not want the paint or paint remover to get into, by placing paper towels in them. This is important in areas like key holes and cabinet locks.

Paint clean up and removal can be difficult, but if you do a good job here, you guarantee that the finished paint job will look fantastic.

Top Painting Questions Answered For Interior Rooms

Painting interior rooms of your home sounds easy enough, until you run into a question that you just cannot seem to find an answer for. The following are some of the more common questions asked about interior painting methods, techniques and more.

Why is paint chunky and can it still be used?

When you do not finish a can of paint, it is necessary to store it properly. You will need to ensure the lid has been tapped into place to form a nice, neat seal. If this does not happen, the paint within can clump up. This causes chunky paint that has lumps in it. If the paint has not separated, then you can still use it. The best solution for getting the lumps out is to pour the paint through an old pair of panty hose :) or a fine strainer.

What type of paint finish should you use?

The paint finish is the amount of shine that the paint will have when it has dried. The best way to tell the actual look of these is to compare several of them. A flat finish offers no shine. It is also the most difficult to clean up and the hardest to maintain. On the other end of the spectrum you have gloss paints, which have a very strong shine to them. They are durable and they can be scrubbed clean. You may want something in the middle such as a satin or semi gloss product for the best of both worlds. Washable matt is very good for interior walls and easy to maintain.

Should a second coat be put on?

This is a question based on a particular project so it is hard to give a specific answer. Generally speaking the thicker the paint is, the less likely it will be that you need a second coat, since this helps to block out anything from coming through. On the other hand, if the wall color under the paint is a dark one, you most definitely will need a second coat of paint to be applied.

When it comes to painting interior walls, these tips can help you to get that professional look you are after. Most people will love the look of great looking painted rooms after learning how to get it just right.


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