This is the time that many people start to think about repainting these items so they return to their former glory. Of course as well as looking impressive, a fresh layer of paint also offers maximum protection against bumps and scratches. However, before items can be repainted  the existing paint should be removed or rubbed down, particularly if it is peeling off or has been chipped. Many paint-stripping methods are available  these days. Most of these methods are good and effective. However, the users must know and note that not all paint strippers are  suitable for every surface. They should be applied on specific surfaces only.

The common as well as reliable paint stripping methods are as follows: 

Sanding: This is the most common method for paint stripping at home. This is carried out with different grades of sandpaper. Since sandpaper is fairly cheap and readily available from DIY stores it is very popular. This method can be used on both wood and metal surfaces. It is also a useful technique for intricate areas. Sanding can be quite destructive to the underlying surface, particularly if a rough sandpaper is used. Sandpaper should not be used on delicate items that could be easily damaged.

Chemical Paint stripper: The use of  chemical paint strippers is very popular when there are large areas to be stripped as it is less physically demanding, It is also a useful method of stripping if the substrate is likely to be damaged by sanding. Many of the chemical strippers available contain hazardous materials, so care should be taken when using them.

Artex Remover: Getting rid of Artex can be a  difficult as well as a risky task as some older Artex contains asbestos fibres which are  harmful if inhaled. Specialist Artex Removal products should be used which convert the softened artex to a gel, preventing any fibres from escaping. The use of Artex Removal products is increasing these days as more and more people are removing it from their homes.

Water-based Paint stripper: This type of a paint stripper is safer than the traditional methylene chloride based products as it uses water, not a hazardous solvent  as its base solvent. These strippers are effective at removing most paint types from a wide range of substrates, including plastics.

Most of these paint-stripping methods are used by professional decorators and paint strippers. These people understand the implications of what they are doing and know what type of stripping product is best suited to the job in hand.