Why does old paint need to be removed?

Sometimes it can be tempting to make the process quicker by skipping the paint removal process, especially if only small amounts of old paint remain, or you think you’ll be able to cover up old layers with a fresh lick of paint. But if you want your surfaces to look their best, avoid this! Removing old paint is essential for creating an even base, preventing peeling and cracks and achieving an even and professional end result.

Eco-Point’s step-by-step guide to removing old paint with paint stripper:


Step 1: Choose your paint stripping method

The first thing to do when removing old paint is to decide on which method you’re going to use, or whether a combination of two methods will be necessary.

Caustic paint stripping is ideal for removing thicker layers of paint from surfaces, however care has to be taken due to the high pH level of caustic paint strippers and their potential to damage wooden surfaces and burn skin.

Solvent based paint remover breaks the bonds between the old paint and the surface, weakening the paint’s adhesive properties. Solvent based paint strippers containing Dichloromethane (DCM), however, have been banned by the EU, due to their carcinogenic status and high volatility of DCM.

Manual paint removal is the third option, and this can be used in conjunction with the previous two methods. Involving the use of tools like sanders, scrapers and brushes, manually removing old paint is effective for small spots or peeling away layers from smooth, flat surfaces.

USAGE/SAFETY TIP: Make sure to read the usage instructions and safety notes for whichever paint stripper product you decide to use.


Step 2: Prepare your space for removing paint

Once you’ve decided on your method of paint removal, it’s time to prepare your space. Make sure that indoor areas are well ventilated and use protective coverings on surroundings, such as floors and furniture, to prevent damage.

Step 3: Wear appropriate protective equipment

Now that you’ve prepared your surroundings, you need to prepare yourself! This involves wearing the necessary personal protective equipment to prevent skin, lung and eye damage.
Use respiratory equipment, goggles, gloves and coveralls to keep yourself safe and reduce the risk of dangerous accidents when using paint stripper.

Step 4: Remove paint with a paint scraper or brush

If you’ve decided to go for the manual paint removal option (or if you’re combining it with another method), apply pressure with your paint scraper to scrape and peel away old paint. Brushes with strong bristles are also highly effective at removing paint from nooks and crannies- use a scrubbing motion for the best results.

Step 5: Apply paint stripper

Apply a coating of paint stripper to the surface with a solvent resistant brush or roller, working from bottom to top. Allow the paint stripper to dwell for the length of time indicated on product specifications.

Step 6: Remove paint stripper

The final step to removing old paint is to remove the paint stripper. Pressure washers are ideal for outdoor areas, while low pressure water and brushing, or removing with a spatula and rinsing with water is suitable for indoor areas. 

Eco-Point’s paint remover recommendations

For most surfaces: Blastersolv for Paint
Blastersolv is a biodegradable, water-based blend of surfactants and is supplied as a concentrate for highly efficient paint removal. Blastersolv is really easy to rinse too!

For masonry: Deep Strip 86
Thickened paint stripper based on benzyl alcohol and water that clings to vertical and overhead surfaces. Ideal for use on brick, masonry and metals.

For your hands: Plus B-400
Great for use in garages, workshops, the printing industry and painting and decorating industries, with skin-friendly micro grains and a fresh smell.


We hope these tips make your paint removal process simpler! If you have any questions about out paint remover products, don’t hesitate to get in touch and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible. Simply fill out a contact form, give us a call on +44(0)14 9479 2803 or email us at [email protected].