favorite scraping tools/techniques

ffreidlMarch 31, 2010

I'm pretty much of a newbie, getting ready to re-paint some (large) sections of the exterior of my house where there is some peeling.

So, far, I haven't been too successful with the regular scraping tools available at Home Depot, etc. Even in areas where the paint is obviously loose (I can flick it off with a fingernail), scrapers just seem to go right over the paint without taking it off.

Is there a technique involved that I'm not "getting", a different tool I need to know about, a smarter, better way to do this? I'm partial to hand tools, but if it's not practical, I can work with something else. I prefer not to use chemicals, but would still be interested in hearing your best methods.

What are your favorite tools/techniques for getting old paint off?

Thanks in advance!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
paintguy22

I never use a scraper for the reasons you describe. I use a combination of stiff and flexible putty knives, usually 1.5 or 2". I will also use an orbital sander if it is practical.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 10:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
moonshadow

Sometimes I use a big stiff wire brush, or skinny one (with blade on the end) and to get the flaky parts angle it a bit. Can go pretty quickly with that sometimes, depending on condition. Not a fun job, that's for sure.

    Bookmark   March 31, 2010 at 7:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
weed_cutter

For me, wetting the surface a few minutes before scraping makes the work more productive.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2010 at 10:37AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ffreidl

Well, thanks to you all! At least I know I'm not crazy. I appreciate the helpful input. I'm going to mess around with all three ideas and see how it goes.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2010 at 2:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ffreidl

Okay, so months later, here's what worked best for me: Orbital sander for the flat parts - definitely the way to go in my opinion - and Peelaway #6 for the grooves in the novelty siding.

FYI, the Peelaway worked really well. Just letting people know because it made a really tough job way easier and if it had been recommended by anyone at the beginning, I would have used it off the bat and saved myself lots of trouble.

You have to put it on pretty thick. In my case, I left it on overnight. Next day I easily got through two old layers of paint. Had to reapply in places to get off all of the third, deepest layer, but it truly was so much easier than trying to elbow grease my way through it. I highly recommend it and I'm surprised it's not discussed more often in this forum. It's supposed to be relatively non-toxic. I certainly wouldn't eat it, but it didn't have any nasty fumes at all, and it cleans up with water. Also, since the paint comes off in elastic-y strips/clumps, you're not showering yourself and your surroundings with chips and dust.

So, there's my two cents for future posters facing the same project. Good luck!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2010 at 4:35PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
How To Remove Paint From Stainless Steel
I have two appliances that I want to reuse in my kitchen...
homechef59
Is the burgundy / red accent wall dated?
Hi all! Would love your opinions on this ! My husband...
eesmerelda
Help pick paint colors for exterior 1902 victorian
We have a 1902 victorian in a small town in Iowa. Unfortunately,...
Jennifer Weinman
Paint to contrast molding
Hello, We just moved into a five year old townhouse...
JoAnn Babish
Help with paint color!
My sunroom is BM Chili Pepper, the dining room is BM...
mererx
Sponsored Products
Home Decorators Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Home Decorators Collection Rugs Lavish
$69.00 | Home Depot
Napa Black Nightstand
Overstock.com
Stacy Garcia Ebro Garnet Tiger Bronze Club Table Lamp
$99.99 | Lamps Plus
Hughes Ottoman - Key Largo Grape Purple
Joybird Furniture
Select Luxury Home RV 6-inch Firm Reversible Short Queen-size Foam Mattress
Overstock.com
Modern Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug: Loloi Rugs Rugs Summerton Life Style Collection
Home Depot
Surfboard Coffee Table in Black
$399.00 | LexMod
Robert Abbey Colonnade Tray Table Bronze Floor Lamp
Lamps Plus
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™