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What’s an environmentally friendly method of removing paint from a staircase?

Question: We have a 1930’s staircase that is boarded and painted with several layers of paint. It all needs removing prior to it being repainted. I am asthmatic and don’t want anything that is chemically and smelly. Could anyone remove it all using a more environmentally friendly method?

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Lea Graham, LG Painting

There is stuff that you can get from toolstation call paint and varnish remover eco friendly it’s about £12.22 hope this helps it doesn’t smell.

Daniel Place, DDP Decor Painting & Decorating Contractors

As a company, when undertaking this sort of project we offer 2 options. 1) aid the removal of the paint currently on the surface with paint stripper or other solvent-based products. 2) apply heat with a heat gun or blowtorch to remove any paint on the surface.

Personally, I always suggest the 2nd option as it is far less messy and the way in which it is removed does not leave unpleasant odours. Also, it is not harmful to humans and the environment. Given the information you have given re health, option 2 is by far your best and safest opinion. I hope this is of help.

Sean Saunders, Sean Saunders Painting & Decorating

The best product I could recommend is a water-based paint stripper called peelaway. I​t will be a messy job and time consuming and will still take some elbow grease.


Hi there is a product called IPSTRIP500,it’s a gel based and you would apply with a brush,hope this helps

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