Can be used to remove paint
Not effective on mouldings and carved
Wear gloves to avoid burns. Eye
from clapboards and other flat
work. Needs electrical cord; not effective protection and dust mask recommended.
on varnish. Can scorch wood if left too
long in one place. Don't use near glass.
Can be used to remove paint from
Too slow for stripping exterior
Tool could ignite dust inside hollow
mouldings and solid decorative elements
clapboards. Needs electrical cord; don't
partitions such as cornices. Dust mask
newels, bakers, capitals, doors, wain-
for micro-particulate lead recommended.
use near glass can scorch wood if left
scotting, door and window frames, etc.
too long in one spot.
Can be used to strip some flat
Difficult to control; needs electrical cord, Eye hazard - special dark glasses
can scorch wood if left too long in one
required. Can ignite paint. Dust mask
Stripping vertical surfaces.
Bulky to handle.
Possible fire hazard when held in
non-vertical position. Dust mask
Will scorch wood don't use near glass.
Great lead poisoning hazard from
micro-particulate lead. Vapor-type
mask essential. Highest risk of
GENERAL SAFETY NOTES:
1. Assume that any house built before 1950 has one or more layers of lead-containing
2. When using any heat tool, such as an electric heat plate or electric heat
paint. The scrapings, dust and sludge from paint removal operations should be
gun, be sure to keep fire extinguisher handy.
heated as poisonous material. Local environmental regulations may dictate how to
safely dispose of lead-containing paint scrapings.
Figure 4-26. The Various Ways To Remove Paint From Wood - Part 2
(Source: The Old House Journal)