Scrape off paint by dry scraping and sanding or using IR heat

Whether you’re planning to repaint your facade, boat, windows or furniture, it’s important to remove the old paint first. You always want to paint on a clean, dry and solid surface so that the new paint does not settle as a surface over moisture and dirt. This means that the result will not be as fine and the colour will flake more quickly. When choosing a paint removal method, there are several factors to take into account. Infrared Paint removal (action)/Paint remover (product) and dry scraping are two environmentally and human friendly techniques, but both have their advantages and disadvantages.


Speedheater Standard paint removal with IR


IR heating


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Dry scrape/slip

With paint scraper and sandpaper

When is it best to choose Speedheater over other methods?

For paint removal on larger surfaces and especially if the paint has not dried out enough to come off by itself, Speedheater’s Ir technique is best suited. It’s also preferable if you want time-efficient work that’s not particularly physically demanding. The fact that the paint comes off so easily after heating also makes it easier to get a gentle paint removal, so for those who are afraid of the substrate, this method can make the process easier.

The Speedheater is clearly the more expensive of the two. At the same time, it is a tool that has a long shelf life, can be used for furniture, facades, carpentry, boats and more. So if you’re a DIYer who thinks you or someone close to you will use it again, a Speedheater is an investment worth considering.

When is it best to choose dry scraping and sandpaper over Speedheater?

If you’re just scraping paint off a small, flat surface, a simple paint scraper will do the trick. If the paint is old and has already started to peel, it will help a lot. If not, dry scraping is best suited for those who are willing to spend a little extra time and energy on the paint removal process. If the paint is hard, scraping can be a bit physically demanding, but it can be done with a little patience and will. Just remember to be careful not to grip too hard and damage the surface!

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