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How to Remove Paint From Vertical Surfaces

    • 1). Put on a pair of rubber gloves and your eye protection. Because you're working on a vertical surface, there is a greater risk of paint remover dripping or falling into your eyes. Also, put down a drop cloth if you don't wish for paint remover to fall onto the floor and potentially damage it.

    • 2). Use a paint brush to apply the chemical paint remover in a thick layer. Start at the top of the vertical surface and work your way down. Also, remove the paint only one section at a time. For example, if you're stripping the paint from a wall, do not try to brush the remover onto the entire wall. Cover approximately 2 square feet at a time.

    • 3). Allow the chemical paint remover to remain on the vertical surface for about 15 to 20 minutes. The precise time, however, will depend on the brand of paint remover you've purchased. Therefore, be sure to read the directions on the container.

    • 4). Remove the paint remover and old paint with a plastic scraper or dull putty knife. Scrape the residue away from the surface and discard it in some old newspaper. If you're working on wood, be careful that you don't gouge or scratch the wood while scraping. If need be, use an old toothbrush or plastic dish-washing pad to remove the paint on textured surfaces.

    • 5). Repeat the process until you've removed all of the paint from the vertical surface.

    • 6). Clean the entire vertical surface from which you removed the paint. Use a stiff-bristle scrub brush or steel wool to clean the surface and remove any remaining paint-remover residue.

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