Removing very old paint


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Pretty simple question. I need to find the correct way to remove very very very old paint form UPVC window frames. As said, its very old paint probably early 90's and theres a tonne of it sploshed all across the frames.

Thanks for any advice!
 
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You can try to heat the surface with a hairdryer, then gently remove the old layer with a spatula.
 
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Things You Will Need

Paper towels or lint free cloth

Protective clothing that covers all skin

Chemical resistant gloves

Protective goggles

Face breathing mask

Drop cloths

Chemical Solvent

Old paintbrush

Flat edged scrapper

Steel wool

Tip
If you are worried about lead paint you can buy DIY lead testing kits from most home stores.

For small rooms with only one or two windows, place a fan in the doorway, directed away from the area you are working on, to help circulate air.

Take frequent breaks while applying the chemical solvent, go outside or into another room.

Warning
Always wear protective clothing, goggles, gloves and breathing masks when working with chemical solvents.

Heat guns can not be used to remove lead-based paints. As the paint heats up, the lead vaporizes and can be inhaled.

Always follow safety, storage and usage instructions for chemical solvents.

Never use chemical solvents or heat guns if you are pregnant.

Keep children away from areas where chemical solvents are being used.

If possibly turn off the electricity to rooms where you are using flammable chemical solvents.

Painting can change the character and look of your house. Removing paint, however, is not as much fun as applying it. There are many ways to remove paint, from the elbow grease method of sanding and scraping to heat guns and chemical solvents. Chemical solvents are, oddly enough, the safest way to remove paint from wood work. Heat guns pose fire hazards, and if used with lead paint, health hazards. There are several chemical solvents to choose from: environmentally safe solvents take longer to work and need more applications; Solvent based strippers are flammable and volatile but work quickly; Methylene chloride or DCM strippers remove both latex, acrylic and oil based paint, however it takes several applications to remove all the paint and some are flammable. You can find chemical solvents in gel, liquid or paste forms.

Removing paint from window frames
Use dry paper towels or a lint free cloth to remove fresh, wet paint drips from window sills. Wipe the paint up with one swipe. Do not scrub as this could causing staining.

Don protective clothing, chemical proof gloves, protective goggles and breathing mask before trying to remove old paint from window frames. Open all doors and windows for ventilation.

Lay drop cloths or newspapers on the floor under the area you will be working.

Working from top to bottom, apply chemical solvent with an old paint brush according to package directions. Follow all safety instructions and read warnings before opening solvent.

Use a flat edged scrapper to remove paint from window frames, again working from top to bottom. For small areas and crevices use steel wool.

Re-apply the chemical solvent to areas with remaining paint and use the scrapper to remove the paint.
 

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