Remove years-old splattered paint from stained wood trim without damaging the finish? My wife and I recently purchased our first home. It is years old and has gorgeous stained wood trim that has never been painted. However, the last owner, or the one before them, did a terrible job painting the walls--they definitely did not use painter's tape. Consequently, there is a fair amount of old dried paint on the edges of the trim, as well as some splattered paint here and there on the trim.
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Before you paint your trim, it's important to scrape off all the peeling paint or the new paint won't stick. This can be a tricky job if you have trim with carvings, raised moldings or other design features that are difficult to access with a scraper and a heat gun can make this process easier. To avoid scratching the wood, use household solvents and a paint scraping tool. You should remove large, flaking bits of old paint first so you can properly dispose of them. If a plastic knife doesn't have what it takes to get the paint off, switch to a metal one, but choose one with a beveled edge rather than a square one.
How To: Remove Paint from Trim and Molding
We are first time homeowners and are refurbishing our home built in the 30's on our own. I'm looking for a way to remove the old paint from the trim around the doorways. I tried a heat gun, but the fumes were pretty bad. I'm looking for a way to do it without harsh chemicals and fumes.
Walls framed by baseboards and crown molding exude unmistakable character and polish, most notably in historical homes adorned by ornate crown moldings, built-in bookcases, and pocket doors. While removing layers of paint from intricate trim is labor-intensive, the right tools and techniques and a little patience can return even the most elaborate moldings and custom woodwork to their former good looks. First, pull on your protective gear—old clothing, goggles, a respirator mask, and solvent-resistant gloves—and then start prepping your work area. While a few of the newer paint strippers on the market are low-VOC, which means that they contain fewer volatile organic compounds, many emit toxic fumes, so adequate ventilation is essential.