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Old 09-29-2019, 11:22 PM   #1
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is there a faster way to remove flaking paint?


... besides laborious scraping?

I just spent 5 hours scraping 20 feet of eaves under a gable with tons of peeling paint.

I used a paint scraper, chisel.
I had to use the chisel more than the scraper, because the scraper could not get under the flaking paint.

and I'm not even finished prepping. There's still some cracked paint stuck to the wood.
and the wood is weathered with a chalky substance, so I have to use a sander to expose fresh wood.


I have a polycarbide disc for my angle grinder, but I don't think that would have made the job any faster.


so much pain.
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Old 09-29-2019, 11:27 PM   #2
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Re: is there a faster way to remove flaking paint?


A wire wheel, and a light touch, for the angle grinder.

Note I said a LIGHT TOUCH.

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Each job is different. I normally pressure wash the house first and then scrape. You do not what to use excess pressure to remove all the paint as that can damage the wood!


The chalky substance sounds like chalk [degraded paint] which paint will not adhere to long term. If you can't remove it all, the remaining chalk needs to be coated with either an oil base primer or have Flood's EmulsaBond added to the first coat of latex.
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Re: is there a faster way to remove flaking paint?


If paint is already flaking, bring along a 1-1/2" putty knife too. A lot of that paint you can get under it and knock it off with the putty knife --- a lot less effort than scraper.

You don't have to remove all the paint, just the paint that is not sound.


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High pressure washer, cup brush on a grinder, flap disk on a grinder
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Re: is there a faster way to remove flaking paint?


I just renovated about 400 linear feet of rough sawn wood fascia and used almost every trick in the book. It had not been painted in over a decade, so there was mold, rot, and more. Every job is different as someone has already said.

The tool that worked the best for me was a cordless grinder with a poly strip disc or a fine grade flap disc. There are a few online videos that show various techniques. I almost purchased one of the products at PaintShaver .com, but they are too specialized and expensive unless you are a professional. Regardless, you are not the first person daunted by endless paint scraping and like most DIY projects, it is a fine balance between time and money. Good luck!


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If paint is already flaking, bring along a 1-1/2" putty knife too. A lot of that paint you can get under it and knock it off with the putty knife --- a lot less effort than scraper.

You don't have to remove all the paint, just the paint that is not sound.


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yeah, I got most of it off with a putty knife and chisel.

The paint scraper was pretty much useless.

Now i'm left with lots of hard edges where the paint chips came off.


Looks like I'll be doing a lot of grinding next huh?

I got 2 of those discs they use in the Paint Eater.

https://www.harborfreight.com/4-1-2-...eel-94017.html
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High pressure washer, cup brush on a grinder, flap disk on a grinder

will a cup brush work better than a putty knife on loosely adhered paint flakes?
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Now i'm left with lots of hard edges where the paint chips came off.
So this is on the soffit ? Your eyes must be a heck of a lot better than mine (not a difficult standard to reach). I would never be able to see the difference from ground level.
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