Painting Tools for Removing Exterior Paint

by | Jun 2, 2017 | Construction and Maintenance

Many older homes can have multiple layers of paint on the outside of the home. If you are looking to restore the exterior of your older home, the process must be done in a way to avoid any irreparable damage to the outside. Using the following tools will help the removal process run smoothly.


A paint scraper has a handled tool with a steel or metal blade. It can scrape off thin paint shavings by using it manually. It’s a basic tool that can remove small patches of paint as well as get in the corners and crevices that a larger paint removal tool can’t do.

There are scrapers that come with multiple blades, so when one blade or edge gets dull, you can rotate the tool to start on a new blade. Also, with a scraper, you will need to sharpen its blades over time. Painters in Oak Park and the surrounding area use grinders or a sanding belt to restore the blade back to original shape.

Heat Gun

A heat gun is a tool that emits hot air and can be used to remove paint. Temperatures are able to reach over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Since the gun can get very hot, be careful when using it. Make sure there are no flammable substances or materials around while it is in use.

Wave the gun a few inches from the paint. Make sure to keep the gun moving, if it remains stationary, it could burn the wood siding and materials underneath the paint. The heat will loosen the paint and you can use the paint scraping tool to remove the paint completely.


A wire brush can also be used to remove already peeling exterior paint. An inexpensive option, while it does not remove the paint from start to finish, it is a great follow up tool for already peeling or missed areas of paint. Brushing with the grain will enable you to remove as much of the paint as possible.

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