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Stripping an entire house is indeed possible with The Silent Paint Remover.   The Silent Paint Remover™ was used to in the complete paint removal of this 2600 square foot American four square built in 1912. We estimated the house to have had about 8 to 15 coats of paint. Several layers of paint were lead based as you can anticipate on a house of this vintage.

The Silent Paint Remover™ handled this job easily. This project created a lot of curious people wanting to know how the paint was being removed. We sure are happy with the end result. We anticipate this paint-job to last for 20 years. This is likely how long the first paint job applied 1912 lasted. No other paint removing method would have come close this quality end result.

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Before Paint is Removed This is common paint failure due to inadequate preparation of the wood surface. Paint needs to be removed completely. .


Starting Out First we covered the ground with thick plastic sheets to avoid dropping lead-contaminated paint chips into the ground. Then painter, John Brady, started by removing the storm windows, installing the track for the hand-free attachment and then he was off removing paint with limited work interruption. Heating time was approximately 20 to 30 seconds on each area of 12" by 5".


The Hands-Free Attachment In this photo you can see how the painter, John Brady, is using the hands-free attachment wall attachment. Mounted as close as possible to the soffit. He is working horizontally. It took John 5 days to remove all layers of paint on each side of this house, including the windows. John works by himself.


Here you can see the hands-free up close. The tool is shut of right here while we took the photo. You need to pay attention and not leave the tool unattended. The tool can be swiveled 360 degrees. In this position you can finish scraping the paint if you can not keep up with the tool. Sometimes you can scrape paint off at the same speed the tool can heat the paint. The paint will stay warm for approximately one minute in the summer. This is enough time to scrape the paint completely off.


The Complete Process This photo shows the paint removing process in all three stages: before, scraped, and primed. The old yellow paint is on the left side. The painter is applying the first coat of linseed oil primer the same day the paint was removed, reducing exposing the wall to rain & moisture.

Primer Pure linseed oil primer (Muralo brand ). We applied 2 coats. The first coat of primer was diluted with 30% mineral spirits. First coat of primer went on right after the paint was removed. Leaving the bare wood is not recommended. Bare wood will absorb moisture like a sponge. The absolute best time to apply the primer is right after the paint has been removed.

Top Coat We used a 100% acrylic paint. Choose a high quality paint product. Cheap paint will always cost more down the road. We do not recommend any fancy mixture that the painting industry has recently invented. There are many types of paint that is not 100% acrylic. Read the labels carefully and ask many questions.

No Sanding was Required No power sanding was used on any aspects of this paint job. Power sanders are counter productive when it comes to preparing surfaces for painting. Traces of paint will always remain on the surface. Using a power sander will heat the paint residue pushing it into the wood and closing the grain. This will prevent the paint from achieving a good tooth. A light hand sanding was done before and after priming. We did several tests prior to this projects demonstrating that you do not have to sand at all to get a great, long-lasting paint surface.


Steady Progress Almost finished two sides of the house. This method will remove the paint down to the surface regardless of how many layers of paint you have. Removing the paint off this house was relatively easy. The paint still had a fair amount of oil in it and reacted very well to the heat. A very small amount of dust was created during the scraping. The process was completely silent.


Use Your Imagination Once again the innovative Bob Workman has come up with another great idea! Here is a photo of a homemade rig that worked well on the ceilings. A vacuum canister on rollers, 5 gallon paint can lid with a hole in it, some sand, and an adjustable pole from a concrete float. They did two porch ceilings with it in no time at all.


Hard-to-Reach Areas This fantastic job done by Bob & Carol Workman shows that you can use The Silent Paint Remover™ in those "Hard To Reach" areas. The trick is to add to the heating time, not putting the tool too close to the surface. Also, using a quality scraper like the type you find on our accessories scraper page is a big help.


Easy, Safe Lead Paint Clean-Up With The Silent Paint Remover™ System, you can collect most of the paint waste, making this the most environmentally friendly paint removing system available today. John removed approximately 70 lbs. of dry paint on each wall - a total of 275 lbs. removed. The house had at least eight coats of lead-based paint. With other methods like grinding and sanding, you would only be able to collect a very small amount of the paint dust if any at all.


What we like most about the SPR method.

  1. You can paint right after the paint or varnish is removed.
  2. Longevity of the paint job. The surface preparation will make the paint stay on for at least 20 years.
  3. Environmental friendliness. The paint chip waste is dry and can be disposed as household waste by the homeowner in all 50 states.
  4. Reduction in painter burnout. The SPR system is easy and satisfying for painters to work with. Minimal exposure to dust and sound pollution was a welcomed relief (for the painter as well as the whole neighborhood) when compared to other methods.

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