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Electric Paint Shaver Tool

Updated July 20, 2017

The Paint Shaver Pro is the brand name of an electric paint stripping tool made by American International Tools, Inc. It's commonly used to strip paint off of wood siding on older houses. The tool can be attached to a HEPA vacuum to minimise airborne dust. The tool has an adjustable handle, allowing you to use it in multiple positions.

What it Is

The Paint Shaver Pro is a hand-held electrically-powered tool used to strip paint. Painters and contractors use the tool to safely strip paint off of wood and wood siding. The three spinning blades barely skim the surface and strip the paint without damaging the underlying material. The tool allows you to strip paint without the use of caustic chemicals.

How it Works

The Paint Shaver Pro looks like an angle grinder, but instead of a grinding disc, it spins a disc that has three blades secured to the disc. To use the tool, turn the switch to "On" and place it flat on the surface to be stripped. The cutting blades spin clockwise, so use the tool moving it from right to left. Make long, smooth, consistent passes. The tool removes a swath 2.5 inches in width, so multiple passes may be necessary.

Depth Adjustment

The stripping depth of the blades can be adjusted by the use of a supplied 1/8-nch Allen key. To change depth, unplug the tool and turn it over so you're looking inside the blade guard housing. Insert the Allen key into the adjustment screw. Turn it clockwise to increase cutting depth, and counterclockwise to reduce cutting depth. Make adjustments in 1/8-turn increments at a time and test the adjustment.

Blade Rotation, Replacement

The blades of the Paint Shaver Pro are triangular-shaped cutting bits. All three sides of each bit are sharpened and can be used to strip paint. With use, the edges of the cutting bits may dull. Rotate each bit to provide a sharp cutting edge for maximum effectiveness. To remove or rotate a bit, use the 5/32-inch Allen wrench provided with the tool to remove the screw securing the bit to the disc. When all sides of the bits have worn, replace the bits with a new set.

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About the Author

Emrah Oruc is a general contractor, freelance writer and former race-car mechanic who has written professionally since 2000. He has been published in "The Family Handyman" magazine and has experience as a consultant developing and delivering end-user training. Oruc holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in economics from the University of Delaware.