When to Use Paint Stripper
- I use paint stripper on a piece when I want it to go all the way down to the wood, especially if I have a piece with a veneer on top. Veneers can be very thin. Unfortunately, if you accidentally sand through the veneer there is no fixing it without replacing the top.
- Paint stripper is ideal to use if the piece has many coats of paint.
- If you are dealing with lead based paint you must use a chemical stripper instead of sanding it. Sanding lead based paint causes the lead to be released into the air allowing you to breathe it in and creating a very dangerous environment. If you don't know if your paint is lead based, testing kits are available to check.
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