Heat Gun

That painted door you no longer adore? Well, you can fix that!

When Grandma painted that wooden door back in the Seventies, chances are it’s looking a little worse for wear and you want to refurbish it, right? In all probability, enamel was used on the door, and using only a standard paint scraper will be a laborious process to achieve the desired results.

Well, here’s how to strip the paint off, without using any harsh chemicals or spending hours sanding it off. 

CAUTION: work in a well-ventilated area.

Enter the heat gun. 

Put the gun on to its highest setting and aim it over one area of the paint until it bubbles. The closer you hold it to the surface, the more intense the bubbling. This separates the paint beautifully from the door, and then you can lift it off in sheets with your paint scraper, ready for preparation for whatever you want to do next. The great thing about using a heat gun for enamel paint removal is that the heat gets into angles, so for even painted panel doors this technique works well and leaves you a good workable surface for prepping, whether painting or varnishing. 

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