What Is The Best Way To Remove Gloss Paint From Wood In The Home?

If your decorating and want to know how to remove gloss paint from wooden accessories around the house then there are a few options you can use.

Removing Gloss Paint From Wood
Removing Gloss Paint From Wood

If the gloss paint is old and there seems to be more than one coat then a paint stripper should be your first option.

You can sand gloss paint for hours but because it’s a finishing coat gloss paint is strong and durable, so it’s a time-consuming job.

Paint stripper will bubble your gloss and make it easier to scrape and sand once you have left the paint stripper on for an hour.

You can use paint stripper on all glossed surfaces such as:

  • Spindles
  • Handrails
  • Staircase strings
  • Newel posts
  • Skirting boards
  • Picture rails
  • Dado rails
  • Doors & doorframes
  • Architrave

Paint Stripper and Sandpaper

You will notice the gloss blister and start to peel away. Once this happens your gloss paint is ready for scraping. Carefully scrape away the blisters and any loose gloss.

After this apply another layer of paint stripper and continue doing this until you have your desired effect.

Once you have removed as much gloss as possible you should sand the wood down with fine sandpaper. You can use a woodblock or a sanding machine.

TOP TIP: Always use a mask, goggles and gloves when using paint stripper because the fumes are strong

Are You Sanding To Repaint?

If you are sanding to repaint then you do not have to take the gloss and undercoat back to the wood.

If your gloss paint has many layers then you should take it back to the last layer.

Once you have removed most of the gloss and you have a good key to undercoat then you do not need to remove any more.

  • Take off all layers of gloss paint
  • Sand and scrape back to undercoat
  • Create a key with sandpaper for undercoat

Are You Sanding To Reveal A Wood Finish?

If you want to reveal the wood underneath then you will have to use paint stripper to remove each layer.

Paint stripper will take it right back but it will need a few applications.

Once you have taken as much gloss off as possible you need a sander, if you are sanding by hand then it will take sometime.

Once you have sanded your wooden accessories back to bare wood then you will need to give it the final sand down with super fine sandpaper.

Finer sandpaper will make your wood accessories look great and ready for a coat of clear varnish

  • Apply paint stripper to each layer of gloss
  • Use a sander to fully remove all paint

Conclusion Of Removing Gloss Paint

Gloss paint is the hardiest type of paint to remove because it is a finishing coat and generally used on wood which makes it even harder to get rid of!

But, the results are great if you put in the time.

If you are removing all the layers of gloss to reveal the wood below then you should also use a clear varnish to keep the wood below in good condition.

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