How to Make a Paint Remover

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How to Make a Paint Remover
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If you just painted and find that you missed large areas of splatter, or want to remove the paint on your woodwork and go natural, then you need to know how to make a paint remover. There are a multitude of paint removers that work well.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Washing soda
  • 5-minute oven cleaner
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Paint brush
  • Trisodium phosphate

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove paint from wood with washing soda made into a paste. Apply it to the wood and allow it to set for a few hours. If the paint doesn't peel off, reapply and wait again.

  2. 2

    Use 5 minute oven cleaner. If you spray it on and allow it to sit for a 30 minutes, the paint comes right off with a little scraping.

  3. 3

    Purchase trisodium phosphate. The name the hardware may carry it under is TSP, its shortened name. To make a large solution of paint remover, mix a pound of trisodium phosphate into a gallon of hot water.

  4. 4

    Brush the mixture you made in Step 3 on to the area to be stripped and allow it time to work, about a half hour. The paint should be soft enough to remove with a putty knife. Rinse the area with plain water and dry it.

Tips and warnings

  • Since trisodium phosphate may cause red wood to brown, you can add a little chlorine bleach to the mixture to prevent discoloration, or use a different product.
  • Trisodium phosphate may cause red wood to brown.

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