How To Remove Old Paint From Exterior Wood Trim?


Scraping. A sharp, rigid putty knife or a blade designed for paint scraping is sometimes the best way to remove paint. Dust is still there, but it’s minimized and you have better control than if you used a sander. If the structure has very loose or alligatored paint, scraping might just be the best option.


You can also use heat to remove exterior house paint. A heat gun or an infrared paint remover will heat up the paint so it peels effortlessly away from the wood. This is a great technique if you want to avoid sanding after scraping paint or you don’t want to use chemicals. However, caution should be taken when using a heat gun.

removing old paint Using Paint remover on Exterior Wood Trim

Frequently Asked Questions

What to use to clean paint off wood trim?

If any of the trim is discolored, touch it up with a wood finish repair pen or apply a stain to match. Although many latex paint spills can be cleaned with soap and water, the denatured alcohol will provide better, faster results with aged paint.

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