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The Maxwell Moment: Brini Strips for You! Take it Off, Take It All Off!

The Ins and Outs of Stripping Paint: Finding the Right Stripper...

Paint removal is one of those icky chores that stand in the way of the more enjoyable decorating pursuits. If the paint is piled on your woodwork with a trowel, however, it's a good idea to remove it and start fresh. There are several ways to remove paint. The method I demonstrate in this video is the heat gun. If you're removing multiple layers, it's one of the most efficient ways. The gun softens the paint so it slides easily off the woodwork with a putty knife. Follow up with a quick sanding and you're ready to apply a fresh coat.

Now my doors are wood, and the paint comes off easily, but my door frames are steel and the stripping process is a bit more tedious. The metal doesn't hold the heat in the same way the wood does, and consequently the paint doesn't slide off as easily. The bulk of it is removed with the heat gun, but the remainder must be wiped away with a chemical stripper.

Safety is a concern with any form of paint removal. Heat guns can reach in excess of 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, so they must be handled with caution. Additionally, the heat can vaporize chemicals in the paint, so it's a good idea to wear a mask when using the heat gun to strip paint. Chemical strippers must be used in well ventilated areas and gloves should be worn to keep the chemicals from burning your skin.

I am using the following tools and accessories...

Wagner HT 1000 Heat Gun ►

3M Sandpaper ►

Rock Miracle Paint Stripper ►

Black & Decker Orbit Sander ►


Described as part Donna Reed, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950's nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves her show was picked up by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform. ► More ▼

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