5 Reasons To Use a Paint Shaver for Paint Stripping

5 Reasons To Use a Paint Shaver for Paint Stripping

Whether you are going to take on a large paint stripping project for the first time, or you are a contractor who has taken the paint off of hundreds of homes a paint shaver has something to offer you. There will often be times when the traditional methods of removing paint (such as heating and scraping) just take too long. A paint shaver can take a great deal of time off a difficult paint stripping job. There have been several reports of people going from an hour a section with the heating and scraping method to a few minutes a section. While paint shavers may seem like a large investment of money to the do-it-yourselfer often times you will find that they are worth the money.

The Top 5 Reasons:

  1. The paint shaver is a great tool for any experts that deal with paint removal on a day to day basis. The shaver takes a great deal of practice before you will achieve optimal results. Even while you are learning how to use this tool you will find that the job is taking less time than with similar heating and scraping or sanding off the paint. All of the time you save will mean more money for you from the job. You might even make up the slightly steep cost of this tool in your first or second job.
  2. For the do-it-yourself homeowner who is going to be paint stripping an old house the shaver will save you some real headaches. What was once a two week job will probably be possible in a few days. Sure you will spend more money on equipment, and you will have to get a the heat gun and scraper as well since you can’t get the edges with a shaver. These extra costs are worth it to most people after they realize how much longer it would have taken without the shaver. Many experts swear by them and you will have a piece of equipment that you will probably reuse again at some point. Maybe your neighbor will be looking to get a paint job as nice as yours.
  3. One of the best things about a paint shaver is how much easier it makes containing all the dust and debris. You simply hook the shaver up to a shop vacuum and the majority of the debris will be kept out of the air. This can be a real life saver when it comes to removing lead paint. Even other methods such as using a high powered sander hooked up to a shop vacuum cause more debris than the paint shaver.
  4. Using the paint shaver typically achieves better results than most of the other methods. You will get all of the paint off the house in the first run through. You will be able to remove the paint and fine sand the surface in less time than it would take to remove the paint using other methods. You will be able to achieve higher quality results in less time and this is going to increase your rate of new work if you are a professional. You will be able to refer your new customers to past projects showing them pictures or the house itself in some cases. With the high quality results it will be easy to let your past work get you your new jobs.
  5. The paint shaver is just more comfortable to use than most of the other methods. If you are heating and scraping the paint you will have to hold the heater for extended periods of time and then wear your wrists out with constant scraping. If you are using a high powered sander your going to have to hold the heavy sander for a longer period of time and you will have to deal with debris being spit everywhere around the sander. The shaver is just more pleasant to use and for many people the added comfort makes it worth the expense.

The paint shaver is a very specific tool and it is only worthwhile if you are planning on stripping very large sections of hard to remove paint. Like most other specialized when it works it works very well. While I wouldn’t recommend it for removing a single coat or even a few relatively new coats, if you are remove a dozen coats that are a hundred years old it will perform better than the rest of the tools.