How to Strip House Paint Hard-to-Reach Eaves
Removing paint from hard-to-reach eaves poses particular challenges for the home handyperson. As a result, many home repair enthusiasts find their enthusiasm fails them on this undertaking, and they could decide that an unfinished removal occupation is”good enough.” Regrettably, it’s particularly important to strip old paint and seal areas under the eaves well in order to avoid mildew and future damage to fresh paint and the wood under it.
Wear eye protection and a hay mask if you’re working overhead to eliminate paint. Cover bushes and other plants below the work area using a fabric drop cloth.
Attach a long broom handle to a thick scrub brush. Fill a bucket with warm water and antibacterial soap, and utilize the scrub brush to thoroughly clean the hard-to-reach area under the eaves. Scrubbing loosens the paint and helps to kill mildew. Eliminate the scrub brush in the handle and place it in the bucket for the time being.
Attach a paint scraper to the non-threaded end of the broom handle securely with duct tape. If you’re working on an angled corner, use an angled putty knife. Scrape peeling paint in the hard-to-reach area by pushing the long-handled putty knife under the borders and pushing forward to loosen the paint. Repeat the process of scrubbing with sterile water if necessary.
Cut the duct tape using a utility knife and remove the putty knife in the broom handle. Tape the carbide blade scraper to the handle in its own place. Use the carbide blade scraper to remove any stubborn paint by pulling, instead of forcing, and applying pressure to the handle to scrape away any paint.
Eliminate any vestiges of paint with a gel-type chemical stripper. Cut the duct tape using a utility knife and remove the paint scraper in the broom handle. Tape a disposable paintbrush to the handle in its place. Use the paint brush to apply gel-type chemical paint stripper to hard to reach areas — make sure to wear gloves. While the stripper works its magic, as stated by the manufacturer’s recommendations, eliminate the paint brush in the broom handle and re-attach the putty knife. Use the putty knife to scrape away the paint-stripper sludge. Rinse the region under the eaves with a water hose and allow to dry thoroughly.
Cover the blade of this putty knife with tape and glue it into place to create a makeshift, long-handled sander. Use the putty knife sander to smooth any remaining rough edges under the hard-to-reach areas of the eaves.