Removing paint was always a scary process to me: put on a chemical, wait for it to do the work, then take it off – seems simple enough. But the chemical itself worries me. I mean, paint, poly, all that stuff is toxic enough, but if you need some other solution to take it back off… that seems way more harsh to me. When I found myself needing to remove paint for a project gone awry, I was gifted a tool through HomeRight that was made to remove paint – and it was chemical free – so I decided try it to see if it would work. After a little research (and a lot of trial and error), I finally learned how to remove paint from furniture without chemicals.
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Using a heat gun to remove paint is super, duper easy. If you can dry your hair and brush it at the same time, you can do it. I used the Heat Pro Deluxe II by HomeRight, which they sent to me to try.
The heat loosens up the paint, so that you can remove it with the scraper (also included in the kit.) For large flat surfaces (like a table top), There is an attachment that helps channel the hot air (that’s over 1000 degrees!) right where you want it to go. I worked in small 4 inch square areas, so the paint wouldn’t cool and re-harden before scraping.
After you have heated the paint until it bubbles up, use the tool to scrape the paint off of the surface. If you have multiple layers, you may need to reheat a bit to get the layers all the way to bare wood.
I decided to put a white top onto my grey cabinet to lighten it up a bit – and I’m really happy with the two tone treatment. Like the flower arrangement on top? You can learn to make your own mason jar flower centerpiece box.
Edited to add: Please read through all precautions, etc. in the book included with the tool. You should wear a face mask when removing paint. If you think that your paint contains lead, please take extra precautions before removing paint.
Got more questions on how to remove paint from furniture without chemicals? Leave them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them for you!
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