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Title: Stripping Paint From Exterior Wood Surfaces

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, FinishLine, 2013

Author(s)Knaebe, Mark

Publication Year: 2013  View PDF »

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Category: FinishLines

Abstract: Removing paint and other film-forming finishes is a timeconsuming and often difficult process. In some cases, finishes need to be removed prior to repainting; for example, if the old surface is covered with severely peeled or blistered paint or if excessive paint buildup has caused cross-grain cracking. You must also remove the finish before applying a penetrating stain or water-repellent finish to a previously painted or stained (solidcolor) surface.

This FinishLine outlines some factors to consider when stripping exterior wood before painting or staining. Stripping indoor wood is not difficult and the process tolerates mistakes, but stripping exterior wood can be difficult and unforgiving.

The information given here is based on our knowledge of wood. There has been no research at the Forest Products Laboratory to determine the best stripping systems for exterior wood. We do know that the best surface to repaint is one that has been sanded and has no leftover stripper.

Keywords: finishes; solvents; stripping paint; disposal

File size: 138 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/17/2013

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