Whether it's removing paint from baseboards and trim, or removing the varnish from a vintage piece of furniture, chances are you'll need to use some chemical strippers to do the job. There are numerous products for these types of jobs available in the paint department of your home center. Brad Staggs provides some basic information about how to select and use them. Tip: Whether you're stripping paint or varnish, use inexpensive paintbrushes. Since the stripper is simply applied and removed, it's not critical that it's applied evenly or smoothly. You'll probably just throw the brushes away after you use them.
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Your tools are pretty much the same though. Slather on some stripper with a cheapo chip brush. After a couple minutes, begin scraping with your hefty Purdy scraper to get the bulk of the paint off. Repeat that step again, but this time after scraping, scrub it with your wire brush.
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You've successfully removed the wallpaper from your walls, but find that walls underneath are not in good shape to be painted. Walls may have holes, uneven textures or just not be smooth. Eric Stromer gives instruction on how to properly prepare walls to paint after wallpaper removal. Start by adding a skim coat to the walls using a 12 inch drywall blade and joint compound.