Quickest way to remove paint from exterior wood?


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Old 03-12-24, 08:05 PM
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Quickest way to remove paint from exterior wood?

Is there such a thing as a one-shot paint remover - i.e. one that goes through the paint down to the wood, one application without damaging the wood?

My typical method is to coat with paint remover, cover with plastic wrap, remove as much as will come off with a scraper and putty knife, repeat. It doesn't seem to matter if I use strippers with toxic solvents like methylene chloride or "green" strippers like CitriStrip - it still takes multiple passes.

Know any tricks to speed it up?

Thanks!
 
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Old 03-13-24, 05:12 AM
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"Is there such a thing as a one-shot paint remover - i.e. one that goes through the paint down to the wood, one application without damaging the wood?"
Sometimes, but generally no in my experience. It depends on the paint, how many coats and the stripper. Generally though I'd say it's a rarity. I've always had to do at least touch up on areas that weren't stripped and sometimes have to do multiple stripping coats..
 
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Old 03-13-24, 06:04 AM
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Why are you wanting/needing to remove the existing paint?
 
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Old 03-13-24, 07:21 PM
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marksr said:

Why are you wanting/needing to remove the existing paint?
Wood garage door, the old paint is tired, going down to bare wood with fresh paint.
 
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Old 03-14-24, 04:03 AM
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If you intend to paint [not a clear or translucent finish] All you need to do is scrape/sand it, no need to remove all the paint.
 
 

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