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Strip Paint from Furniture Without Chemicals

A sturdy desk reborn with rustic modern style.

DIFFICULTY: Medium

Overview

Looking for an easy way to strip paint without all the toxic chemicals? Use a Wagner Heat Gun to gently warm the paint finish and employ a putty knife to just peel the paint away. A heat gun strips away old paint with zero chemicals. There are no messy solvents, and you end up with an exposed rustic wood grain in a matter of minutes.

1

Prep your space

Place a drop cloth under the desk for catching paint as you remove it.

How to Strip Paint from Furniture
2

Hold heat gun near surface

Hold the heat gun near the surface in order to heat up the paint, making it pliable and easy to remove.

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3

Peel up paint with putty knife

Using a putty knife, begin peeling up the paint, exposing the original wood.

Stripping Paint from a Table
4

Sand and wipe clean

When all the paint is removed, sand the surfaces and legs to smooth them out and prepare them for finishing. Wipe with a rag to remove any dust and debris.

Table after stripping paint
5

Tape and paint

Tape off the table legs and top and spray the apron of the table in a favorite shade using a Wagner Paint Sprayer . The top and legs are then finished in a lustrous clear wax.

Spraying Desk with Wagner FLEXiO Sprayer
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Get to work!

The result is a beautiful, refinished piece perfect for your home office. Accessorize with a fun, colorful chair, organize your supplies and get to work!

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Products Used

Materials

Putty knife

Drop cloth

Sandpaper

Rag

Paint

Clear wax

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