How to Remove Paint From Surfaces: Advice From Our Office Refurbishment Team

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During an office refurbishment, paint can easily be spilt on wood, brick and metal that was not to be painted. While removing water-based paint is much easier compared to oil-based paints, eliminating it can still be a tricky task; especially if the paint isn’t cleaned immediately.


What to do before you remove paint

Before you attempt to remove the paint, you must carefully assess the type of spill and check the method you use doesn’t cause any further damage. You can do this by wearing protective gloves; ensuring the room can be ventilated in case of high fumes and spot testing the area before you attempt to remove the paint.


Removing paint from wood

To remove paint from wood, you will need to use warm water and mild soap to wipe it off, working from the outside in. If the paint is soft you can scrape it off using a dull butter knife. For dry paint, you can use a hairdryer to soften it before scrapping it off. If this fails to work, you can rub an alcohol rag on it to gently remove the paint.

In the event of stubborn paint, use paint thinner. However, you will also need to sand down the area to help you refinish it.


Removing paint from metal

With the right methods, removing paint from metal is easier than you think. For chemical paint removers, liquid paint removers are great on small pieces of metal. This is because they can dry very quickly on larger areas. Aerosol sprays, on the other hand, are good for larger areas, however, these must be left to activate before rinsed with clean water. Paint can also be removed from metal via heat or soda blasting. However, Soda blasting is relatively expensive compared to sandblasting but can be safer and friendlier on interior environments.


Removing paint from brick

When removing paint from brick, it’s vital to scoop out any excess wet paint beforehand. Once this is done, you will then need to test the paint stripper on part of the brick to ensure it’s the right type. You will then need to cover all areas with peeling strips and leave it to settle for a few minutes before peeling them off. Do this slowly to avoid ripping them and getting them stuck to the wall. Finally, you can use water to clean off the brick.


Use a professional

For some paint removal jobs, it’s best to leave it to a professional. Markwell Peck offers the best sandblasting service to clean your surfaces quick and efficiently. For more information, contact us on 01279 419200.

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