As with a heat gun, it's really important to be in a well-ventilated space when using a paint stripper. Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection. Spread the paint stripper on evenly with a brush, wait for the recommended time, then use a scraper to scrape it off as it bubbles. Wait for the surface to dry, sand it back a little more, and it's ready to paint again.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.