How To Scrape Paint The Best Way So You Can Better Repaint Your Home

Scrape Your Way To A Better Looking Paint Job For Your Home In Ann Arbor
Paint peeling off of a wall that needs scraping

How to scrape paint starts with preparing the area. After that, properly scrape the paint using a carbide scraper or 5-in-1 tool.

Find more useful tips and the full steps with a video below-

This Is A Disaster!

“Look at this! The paint is literally falling off of our walls,” wails Sarah.

Jason growls and folds his arms. “Yeah, it doesn’t look good at all. We’re going to need to repaint it as soon as the weather allows.”

“Well, it’s not supposed to rain for the next couple of days, so let’s go ahead and start painting,” suggests Sarah. She starts walking to get the paint and painting tools.

“Wait a sec, hon. I love the enthusiasm but I don’t think we can just paint over this,” says Jason. “We need to scrape the paint off first. If we paint over peeling paint the new paint will just peel off sooner rather than later. It’s the first step for how to fix peeling paint.”

Sarah gets out her phone. “I’m going to look up how to scrape paint and what we need to do it.” She starts looking as Jason takes note of the peeling areas.

Here is what they end up finding:

Tools We Normally Use

  • Carbide scraper
  • 5-in-1 tool
  • Ground covering
  • Tape
5-in-1 tool used for scraping peeling paint and more

How To Scrape Paint Successfully

  1. Cover the ground beneath the area
  2. Carefully scrape carbide scraper over flat peeling areas going with the wood grain
  3. Use the 5-in-1 tool for curved areas and corners
  4. Scrape the peeling paint from multiple angles
  5. Use a broom to sweep down the siding
  6. Roll up the chips in the ground cover and remove it

Scraping Tips You’ll Want To Know

Watch the weather. If it rains after you scrape and before you seal it up you might see more peeling paint.

Tape the ground cover to the foundation so it catches all the paint chips.

Man scraping paint before painting

Get as much of the peeling paint as you can. Painting over peeling or loose paint will cause the new paint to peel off quickly. Then you’ll just do the same process over again and again.

Watch out for nail heads! You can damage your carbide scraper if it catches on them. You can knock them further into the wall with a hammer or your 5-in-1 tool. Then keep scraping.

Carbide scrapers are great for flat surfaces. The 5-in-1 tool is better for other surfaces. Don’t press in too hard with either of these tools. You may end up gouging into the wood. If you scrape against the grain you’ll end up shredding the wood.

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“Let’s get what we need and get started! No time like the present” says Sarah with determination. Jason chuckles and nods. “I’ll do that part. Why don’t you see if there’s anything else we can learn on this blog?”