Granite paint is one of the most stubborn substances to remove from any surface. The paint needs to be softened down and removed delicately, which can make it a lengthy and challenging job. It is important that you are aware of how to remove granite paint from a surface if you are thinking about using it for something else. The surface can be effectively preserved as long as you don't hack away at the layer of paint.
Step One - Apply Stripper
Use a small paintbrush to apply a thin layer of paint stripper over the area of paint on the surface you want to clean. Allow up to half an hour for the stripper to soak into the paint so that it makes it soft and flaky. Use a scraper to start scraping off the paint, but be careful damage the surface beneath. Remove as much of the paint as you can and use some steel wool to tackle any stubborn corners and edges. Remember to put on your safety gloves and mask; this will stop skin irritation and inhalation of chemical fumes which could make you feel faint.
Step Two - Remove Stubborn Areas
Applying a layer of paint stripper is an effective way of starting any granite paint removal job. In some cases, no matter how hard you try, there will still be stubborn areas of paint left after the rest has been removed. Keep dipping the steel wool into the stripper and rub in a circular motion of any stubborn spots. If you stick with this method, you should be able to keep going until all paint has been removed. Use a large water-soaked cloth after all paint has been removed and immediately wipe down the area to remove the residue of the chemical paint stripper. Water acts as an active ingredient to kill off the effects of paint stripper.
Step Three - Sanding
Sanding is a good alternative to use if you have tried the paint stripper and it has not worked. It is also a popular method to remove granite from any surfaces that might react badly with the chemicals in the paint stripper. Use a sander with 80 grit paper and gently sand away any areas of stubborn paint. Slowly work your way up to 320 grit sandpaper to eliminate scratches caused by the coarser paper.
Step Four - Evaluate and Finish
Step back and evaluate your new paint free surface. Run your hand over the top of the surface to check for any small scratches or cracks as these will need to be repaired before recoating or reworking. If you have removed the paint from a wooden surface, use a small amount of sealant to protect the wood and keep it looking like new. If you have a hard laminate surface, apply a thin layer of clear coat paint over the top to give it a glossy protective finish.