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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 1402 Pro Coating Remover. This removal product is non-toxic and non-flammable leaving you with an ozone friendly alternative to the conventional stripping products we mentioned earlier. This is particularly handy if you’re working in an enclosed space or on a small home DIY project, where using a flame or heat is just not possible.

Even better, it works on paints, varnishes, lacquers and more removing up to 20 layers of paint overnight! Use it to strip, wood, metal, brick stone or fibreglass even for getting stubborn graffiti on bare surfaces.

With this product, just let it do the work and then you can scrape off the product and remove the residue with cold water.

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

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