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How to Strip Gloss Paint with Minimal Mess and Effort

Gloss paint can provide you with a fantastic finish, but it can also make it tricky for you to get it off when you fancy a change. Due to the finish and the texture of your paint, it can be stubborn. There are a few methods of removal. Read on to find out which one is our favourite!


Conventional Paint Strippers

In some cases a conventional paint stripper or substance such as white spirit may help you to remove the paint. What you may find though, is that it takes a long time for the substance to break down the gloss paint and doesn’t remove the really tough areas that are deeply penetrated into the substrate.

Heat Removal

To really get rid of that hard to remove paint, you can use a heat gun or blow torch to remove the paint. These specialist tools need to be used correctly and safely due to the heat. The heat on from the tools will heat the surface intensely, and lift the paint. Afterwards you can use a scraper to remove the leftovers. The problem with this technique, is that if you are not skilled in what you are doing you can end up having an accident. Only use heat to remove gloss paint if you’re comfortable.


Professional Removers

If you’re somewhere where you have no access to flame and you want a safer method to use, you’ll want to try Thermoguard Thermostrip PRO. This removal product is a water-based, low odour gel for removing all types of water and oil-based coatings including adhesives like carpet glue. For professional and DIY use, there is no safer, more effective stripper on the UK market!

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Whether you are stripping paint, varnish, artex, stains or lacquers, Thermoguard Thermostrip PRO will provide a fast and safe solution to all your stripping requirements.

Want more advice on removing paint efficiently and safely? Just get in touch with the friendly team at Rawlins Paints.


  1. I have a gloss paint in my kitchen and bathroom. however, I need to our tiles how do I go about

    please assist. Thank you

    • Hi Ndileka,

      Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and for your question. Assuming this is a paint stripping requirement for the tiles, we would recommend Thermoguard Thermostrip Pro for this application.

      I hope this helps and please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions.

      Many thanks

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