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1victorianfarmhouse 04-10-2010 09:21 PM

Removing Old Exterior Paint via Infrared
I have a 110 year old house, and it has been painted a few times, and now needs fresh paint again. It also needs to have all the layers of peeling old paint removed first.

I've heard some good things about Speedheaters, the infrared devices. Does any of the experts have any comments pro or con here?



Nestor_Kelebay 04-11-2010 12:10 PM

I've never heard of a "speed heater" to strip paint.

I have tried using an electric heat gun to strip paint off wood outdoors, and found it to be a complete waste of time. Any little breeze will carry away the heat and cool the surface you're wanting to strip. I suppose the heat gun would work better on a perfectly calm day, but how many of those are there?

Cork-Guy 04-11-2010 03:11 PM

This old house has a 5 page article on removing paint from an old house. It reviews quite a few different methods and finalizes what works best. You might want to check it out, remember it's 5 separate pages.

How to Strip Years of Paint Off a House | Painting | This Old House - 1

1victorianfarmhouse 04-12-2010 10:26 PM

Thanks, I was curious to find out if anybody here hadd any pros or cons with using the infrared. I have a lot of small corners to remove paint from, and while the stripper will certainly be called into use along with my collection of picks and scrapers from the furniture repair corner, the bulk of the stripping I expect to be able to do with infrared.


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