How to remove paint from a door

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Things You’ll Need

  • Paint remover
  • Newspaper
  • Paint brush
  • Gloves
  • Safety mask
  • Scraper
  • Sand paper
  • Trash bags or  plastic


1 Prepare your work area. If possible, this is an outside job. If you can take  the door outside you will prevent fumes from the paint remover from overwhelming  your home. If removing the paint outside is not an option, make sure you have a  work area with lots of windows that can be opened. Lay out trash bags or other  plastic in the area you are working in and over that lay newspapers in several  layers. This will help protect the floor you are working  on.

2 Put on your own safety gear. This should include gloves and a face mask.  Appropriate items for this particular job are sold at local home improvement  stores. Breathing the fumes from the paint remover is not healthy. Make sure you  read all safety precautions and directions on the paint  remover.

3 Brush on a layer of paint remover. Work on one side of the door at a time.  You will have to give the paint remover time to work. Follow the guidelines on  the can. The amount of time needed will be listed and can vary depending on how  many layers of paint are on the door.

4 Use the scraper to carefully begin lifting the paint from the door. Make sure  you have a save container to put the paint scraps in. Old paint cans that still  have the lids are perfect for this. Make sure the cans are disposed of  properly.

5 Be prepared to do some sanding. Paint is likely to linger in cracks and  crevices and can be difficult to remove. Try sanding it. Another good tip is to  use a butter knife or metal file to remove paint from the  cracks.

6 Allow the door to completely dry before beginning the same process with the  other side. Flip the door over carefully and begin again on the other side.  Allow both sides to dry completely before doing any painting or staining to the  door. If the paint remover is not completely dry, it can interfere with the new  paint.

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