The ideal paint project is one where the walls have been cleaned and primed and are ready to be painted. The same holds true for furniture painting projects. After all, other people have applied a few layers on top of each other, right? However, if you are going to be working on a surface that is bubbling, chipping, or peeling, you will have to remove the old layers of paint.
Your tools are pretty much the same though. Slather on some stripper with a cheapo chip brush. After a couple minutes, begin scraping with your hefty Purdy scraper to get the bulk of the paint off. Repeat that step again, but this time after scraping, scrub it with your wire brush. This gets the paint out of the grain, loosening everything up. Then simply wipe away the goobers with a rag.
Paint splatters on glass can be difficult to remove without scratching the surface. Dish soap and a safety razor blade can remove even old, dried-on paint. Mix dish soap with warm water until sudsy, and thoroughly wet the window with a sponge or rag. Hold the razor blade at a degree angle, and carefully scrape the paint away, keeping the glass damp to avoid scratches. It can be tough to remove paint from countertops without causing damage, so proceed cautiously.
Last Updated: August 25, References. This article was co-authored by Patrick Coye. To date, Patrick and his team have painted over 2, houses and stained over decks. There are 15 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 95, times.