Although you can use heat or a scrapper,
the most thorough (in the grain) paint removers
are chemical. The are designed to penetrate
the paint and dissolve it (so that you can
wipe away the paint) and/or its attachment
to the underlying surface (so that you can
easily peel off the paint).
Most traditional chemical paint
are solvent based with methylene
as the primary active ingredient.
chloride is a toxic chemical,
so be sure
to follow all directions.There
are also a
number of "no-toxic"
chemical paint removers that
formulations, such as soy oil
Paint removers come as liquids
and gels or
semi-pastes. Gels and semi-pastes
to work with walls and other
without drips, but are generally
to be less effective than liquids.
Read and follow all directions
For best results, read the fine
make sure the paint remover you
pick is formulated
for the paint and surface you
intend to use