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Paint thinner being applied to the painted bevelled roof of a frame


If you don't remove paint properly, you may end up with a bad finish when you go to repaint the surface. Learn a few different methods to remove paint that are easy enough for anyone to do at home. Before you try any of these methods, make sure you put a drop sheet down to protect your floor, the room is well-ventilated and you have appropriate safety gear on.


1Stripping paint with a heat gun

When using a heat gun, make sure you are in a well-ventilated space, and wear a mask if necessary to avoid fumes. Move the heat gun slowly in an up-and-down motion. Don't go too close to your surface, or you may burn the timber. As the paint starts to bubble, scrape it off with the scraper. Use some sandpaper to clean up the job and it's ready to re-paint.
A heat gun being used to peel away paint from a bevelled roof of a wooden frame

2Using paint stripper

As with a heat gun, it's really important to be in a well-ventilated space when using a paint stripper. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection. Spread the paint stripper on evenly with a brush, wait for the recommended time, then use a scraper to scrape it off as it bubbles. Wait for the surface to dry, sand it back a little more, and it's ready to paint again.

Paint thinner being applied to the painted bevelled roof of a frame

3Using sandpaper

When using sandpaper to remove paint, move up and down with the grain of the wood. If you go across the grain, you could ruin your timber surface. Carefully choose what kind of sandpaper you need for the job. Heavy sandpapers take the paint off, whereas a lighter grade sandpaper creates a smooth surface that's ideal for re-painting. Be sure to wear a dust mask while sanding. 
Sandpaper being used to remove paint from a painted bevelled roof of a display frame
Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.