We are often asked questions about the best way to strip paint and varnish from wood. Luckily there are some great products available today that make it a breeze. But there are 3 approaches that you might take. Sanding, a hot air gun or some form of stripper. But there are things that you need to know in order to make the right choice. For example, a hot air gun is not good for removing varnish as it will simply melt the varnish and make it gooey.
We've put together a very comprehensive blog post which provides all the information you need to make the right paint stripping choice for your project.
There is no straight answer as to which is the best paint stripping product. This is because paints and varnishes are made to different formulations by the various manufacturers and where one paint stripper works well on one type of paint, it might not perform as well on another. For this we recommend buying a sample or the smallest tin size first to test the effectiveness of the stripper on the paint or varnish to be removed.
Products that have repeat positive feed back are Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover, PeelAway 1 and PeelAway 7 Paint Removers. Paint panther is more suited to normal day to day paint stripping whereas the PeelAway products are great for removing and restoring objects that originally had a highly decorated surface that has been infilled by paint over the years. The PeelAway paint removal system is especially useful for removing paint from ornate and highly detailed fireplaces, furniture, plaster coving, cornices and ceiling roses.
Removing paint from brick walls can be tricky because of the textured surface. For thick, multiple layers of paint, our first option would be the Peelaway removal system. We recommend trying the PeelAway 1 and 7 Sample Twin Pack first to find out which product is the most effective on your paint type.You could try a small test area using a conventional paint stripper such as Paint Panther, paint and varnish remover then rinsing off the treated area with a jet washer. It's worth noting that the pressure shouldn't be too high as to splash the stripper over other areas and plants. care should also be taken not to wash out any loose render between the bricks.
This depends on the type of wood stain used. Some wood stains are simply colouring liquids that colour the surface of the wood by soaking in to and staining the surface grain. These types of wood stains require a top coat of varnish, wax or oil to seal in and protect the colour and can be removed by scrubbing the surface with the relevant thinner. E.g. Water or white spirits. Sanding is also effective (or both).
Many products labelled as 'wood stains' in DIY chains are coloured varnishes, they are a sealer mixed with pigments that both colour and protect the wood. These types of wood stains can be removed with a paint and varnish remover.
We recommend the use of a dedicated wax and polish remover along with an abrasive scotch pad and lots of clean, lint free cloth such as an old cotton T-shirt or bedding to remove wax.