Using a Heat Gun

 

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Step 1: With the heat gun running, point the nozzle at the work surface, keeping it about 2 inches away

point the nozzle at the work surface, keeping it about 2 inches away. Move the gun back and forth across the surface until the paint begins to bubble and blister

Move the gun back and forth across the surface until the paint begins to bubble and blister. Stop if the finish begins to smoke!

  

Step 2: Hold the putty knife at about a 30-degree angle and, use it like a plow to push the paint away

Hold the putty knife at about a 30-degree angle and, use it like a plow to push the paint away

Avoid gouging the wood. Dump the softened paint sludge into an old coffee can as you work. Special paint scrapers with angled blades work better than most ordinary scrapers.

  

Step 3: You may want to go back over detailed areas with the heat gun, using a contoured scraper to get into narrow crevices

use a contoured scraper to get into narrow crevices

 

  

Step 4: Any stubborn flecks that remain can usually be removed by using just the scraper

Use a scraper to remove any stubborn flecks

Again, be careful not to damage the work surface. When the paint is all gone, wash the surface with denatured alcohol or mineral spirits.