I was at Graning Paint in Knoxville Tn, when I came upon a unique hand scraper. Pricier than most, but I was assured that it performed well. I used it on a job, thought it worked well, but didn’t think about it beyond that. Today I was working on an old piece of equipment that has wood walk boards.
The old paint was in terrible condition. You can see it in the first picture. The supervisor over this job didn’t want me to spend much time on the wood, since it was in rough condition. I really wanted to get the chunky paint off, but the fastest tool for the job would be a power tool, and I didn’t want to leave those kinds of marks in the wood. I could sand them out, but that would be too time consuming I remembered the carbide scraper I bought at Graning paint.
The tool worked better than I thought possible. In the second picture, you can see what I did in 20 or 30 seconds. It tears the paint of, but acts like a planer on the wood. I’ve put a lot of hours into other parts of this project, and really didn’t want to send it out with fresh paint over that terrible old paint. The third picture is another part of the same plank; it’s about 16 inches wide, with no knots to be seen. It might even be Chestnut wood. To get an idea how smooth the wood is now, look at the last picure. I took it to show people a method I used with a small paint roller, and a brush. I used the roller to apply red primer quickly, then, so that it would look right, I gently went over it with a brush. The left side of the board is the primer applied with a roller; the right side is after going over it with the brush.