Tips for Stripping Paint from Log Cabin

Tips for Stripping Paint from Log Cabin

Stripping paint from log cabin is not that tough of a job. The commercial paint strippers help in restoring the wood and accessories to nearly its original condition.

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These commercial paint and varnish strippers are available in various formulations. If you get confused which one to use for your piece, then consult the label of the product.

Thick and heavy paint strippers stick well to the vertical surfaces as they have longer time to drip down and run off because of gravity. Likewise, polyurethane needs strippers which are long acting i.e. semi-paste paint and varnish strippers.

Reading the safety measures is, however, important. Following are the steps required to strip paint from log cabin surfaces;

Safety Precautions to Be Taken

Stripping the paint requires some safety measures as these are corrosive and highly flammable. When working with these chemicals, try to work in a ventilated place. Wear goggles, apron, full-sleeved shirts, full pants and shoes along with rubber gloves for protection. Also wear a respiratory mask, so that the chemicals don’t damage and harm the lungs and the mask protects the central nervous system from harm.

Remove the Fraying Areas

Paint which is already fraying should be peeled off. It can be peeled off simply by the means of hand or a paint scraper. By doing this, more access is available to the open area which makes the job easier.

Clearing the Hardware     

Remove all the hardware from the furniture before starting the paint stripping of log cabin. The paint-soiled hardware can be cleaned by dipping it in the remover and even by removing the softened paint by scrubbing it.

Applying the Paint Stripper

Use a paint brush in order to apply the chemical on the surface. Try to put the paint remover evenly in one direction. Divide the piece into section as the remover evaporates. When the log cabin is covered in a coat of remover, wait for almost 15 minutes or as per the instructions given.

Scraping the Surface

When the stripper starts to work, the paint will bubble. The paint will get softened and rubbery sludge. With the help of a blunt paint scraper, wooden scraper or a putty knife, scrape away the paint of the log cabin. If a sharp edged knife is used, it can leave marks on the wood while taking the paint off.


When the paint residues are stuck in the depths of the log cabin surfaces, by using a toothpick or a pointed stick clean these areas for a finer finish.

Cleaning the Surface

When all the paint has been removed from the log cabin, take a soft piece of cloth and wipe it with the mineral spirit i.e. a paint thinner or turpentine. For having a better outcome, read the label of the paint stripper. In the end, again clean the piece with a lint free cloth to remove the cleaner.


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