Getting an Edge on Paint Stripping

And now, a nomination for the messiest job in everyone’s shop: paint stripping. Here’s an idea for making the job faster and easier

The Family Handyman

And now, a nomination for the messiest job in everyone’s shop: paint stripping. Here’s an idea for making the job faster and easier, courtesy of reader Ryan Kingma. Cut two slots directly across from each other in the rim of a 3-lb. coffee can (a Dremel rotary tool with a cutoff wheel works great to cut the slots). Drop a 1/16-in.-thick metal strip ($1 at a hardware store) in the slots, folding and bolting the metal strip to the can. Now you can work swiftly and cleanly while stripping, loading up a 4-in.-wide drywall knife and scraping it against the metal edge to clean the sludge off the blade for another pass.

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