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Using a Heat Gun

 

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Step 1

Step 1: point the nozzle at the work surface and move the gun back and forth across the surface until the paint begins to bubble and blister

With the heat gun running, 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. Stop if the finish begins to smoke!

  

Step 2

Step 2: Hold the putty knife 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

Step 3: Use a contoured scraper to get into narrow crevices

You'll want to go back over detailed areas with the heat gun, using a contoured scraper to get into narrow crevices.

  

Step 4

Step 4: Use a Scraper to remove any stubborn flecks

Any stubborn flecks that remain can usually be removed by using just the scraper. Again, be careful not to damage the work surface. When the paint is all gone, wash the surface with denatured alcohol or mineral spirits.