clear philips head slots of paint?


Old 01-03-13, 10:51 AM
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clear philips head slots of paint?

I need to remove about twelve 2x2 deck fence pickets. Problem is they're fastened with philips head wood screws of which the philips head slots are filled/clogged with old layers of paint, so screwdriver/bit won't go in so I can simply unscrew them. Any suggestions that might be easier than having to take a small-tipped tool and trying to dig out the old paint of each slot? thanks
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Old 01-03-13, 11:15 AM
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I always take a phillips head screwdriver and hit the head with a hammer a few times... it usually smashes the paint right out of the way.
Old 01-03-13, 12:17 PM
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And an impact driver might do the same least after a few manual smacks as posted.

I'd recommend AGAINST a drill/driver unless you start very slow and get lots of pressure to keep the bit seated. After the manual smacks....
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I've gotten lucky in the past with using a screw driver and giving it a few smacks.

If I was working with hardware I needed to reinstall and still look decent, I may consider scrapping out the paint with a pick tool of some sort. It's time consuming however.
Old 01-03-13, 01:05 PM
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Okay thanks everybody.
Got most of em using the smack it with a screwdriver technique combined with other methods mentioned.
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