How to Remove Paint From a Victorian House

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How to Remove Paint From a Victorian House
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Victorian houses are those either designed according to the Victorian style of architecture or houses built during the Victorian era. These historic multi-level houses are generally built of wood and often feature elaborate exterior detailing and trim. Removing lead-based paint from the ornate woodwork can be accomplished with a chemical paint stripper and the right tools. The proper method will help reveal the surface of the Victorian house in preparation for new paint.

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Protective eyewear
  • Paint stripper
  • Paint brush or roller
  • Putty knife
  • Peel Away 1
  • Trash bag
  • Garden hose

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    Wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear before working with the paint stripper; most are alkaline products that can cause burning when exposed to the skin.

  2. 2

    Test the paint stripper on a small patch of the wooden surface using a brush or paint roller to give youself an idea of how thick to apply the stripper.

  3. 3

    Proceed to apply the paint stripper to one manageable area of the house at a time. Refer to the waiting period indicated on the product label before removing the dissolving paint.

  4. 4

    Use a putty knife to carefully begin scraping the paint loose from the areas of the trim with a flat profile. To strip old paint from the narrow crevices in more detailed Victorian ornamentation, try using a chemical solvent peeler like Peel Away 1; such products are intended to remove paint with a special applicator you can use on hard-to-reach places.

  5. 5

    Dispose of the chipped paint in a trash bag, and rinse the house with water. Before applying a new coat of paint, allow the surface to air dry for a full 24 hours.

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