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Paint stripper v hot air gun

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Tigerjones, Jul 29, 2020.

  1. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    I am currently using a hot air gun to strip paint from wooden staircase and skirting boards. Is this the best/quickest method or is using a paint stripping solution better?

  2. Stemcor

    Stemcor I should be listening to music

    There are advantages and disadvantages with both.

    I use a hot air gun but you have to be very careful as it’s easy to burn wood especially in those “awkward to get to places”. The best solution is the gun (but don’t go too carried away) plus a chemical stripper for the nooks and crannies. Don’t be surprised if you need a couple of passes with the chemicals. And don’t forget to invest in a decent paint scraper.
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  3. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    I've used both extensively but many decades ago. Both are as messy as each other, I'd say, and neither is pleasant. Still got the odd-looking scraper tool from the seventies.

    PS Stemcor posted as I wrote this. He's right about the crooks and nannies, but the hot air gun is, I found, quicker to remove paint, but both methods depend upon how many layers there are.
  4. garyi

    garyi leave blank

    Paint stripper used to be good, nower days you can drink it
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  5. starbuck

    starbuck pfm Member

    Something to consider depending upon age of property (and paint) is that you may be stripping lead paint. In which case I would avoid heat gun and stick with paint stripper. https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/cis79.pdf
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  6. tiggers

    tiggers pfm Member


    Both methods together is the only way.
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  7. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    Agreed. My mother was a furniture restorer and I remember helping her strip furniture when I was about 12 (35 odd years ago. ****!) And getting a bit of Nitromors on your hand HURT!! Now it’s as you say, far far far less potent. :(
  8. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    don`t anyone try it mind ..... you will soon need an oesphagectomy ....
  9. Big Tabs

    Big Tabs pants up, knee down

    paint stripper if taking paint of off metal.

    hot air gun for wood, and a ton of elbow grease.

    That is my experience.
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  10. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Don’t use both at once unless you’re planning on a lung transplant.
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  11. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Nitromors used to be methylene chloride (MC, dichloro-methane) with a thickener added (probably a cellulose resin). I have no idea what it is today but methylene chloride has long since essentially been banned - carcinogen? (unlikely) the simple fact that it contain a halogen? - I can't remember the reason.

    MEK (methyl ethyl ketone, butanone) is just as good, but like MC, it is a water-thin volatile solvent. It is also flammable over a wide range of concentrations in air, which methylene chloride is not, although if you heat MC (fumes drawn through a cigarette), you can inadvertently make phosgene gas.
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  12. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    I find a gas gun is far better than a glorified hairdryer...
  13. Bart

    Bart pfm Member

    Hot Air Gun for me, paint stripper works out awful expensive in my experience - though I may well have been doing it all wrong.
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  14. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    Cheers. I think I’ll stick with the hot air gun as I have already have one.
  15. vuk

    vuk \o/ choose anarchy


    why not just hire someone to do this and you go have fun with a hot stripper and paint gun?
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  16. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    Nitomors ain't what it used to be. I remember starting a job with some of the original version, it was working fine. After the tin ran out I went for some more. Once I started using it, the difference in effectiveness was obvious. I gave up and sanded off remaining varnish and stain before repainting.
  17. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    That sounds a lot more interesting, vuk. The wife things I can DIY when a really can’t.
  18. hifinutt

    hifinutt hifinutt

    I keep finding other jobs to do strangely ...as those 6 doors look at me , calling to be stripped off... ...funny how weeding has become so attractive all of a sudden!!
  19. Darren

    Darren All Business

    Hot air gun for the bulk.... especially where multiple paint layers are present. Then the paint stripper and wire wool to get every bit without scorching the wood. Its a hard road.... but you will be so proud when its done.
  20. Tigerjones

    Tigerjones Bagpuss

    It really is a hard road.

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