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My renter wants to refinish a porch railing that is under a roof but the paint is flaking badly. I think the paint was enamel (was my inlaw's place so I didn't have anything to do with it) so it will probably clog sandpaper quickly. I'm also not comfortable with him (30ish and not tool experienced) using my sanders. So I'm curious what other methods members have used that they would promote. Wire brushes, 3m pads, scrapers, what have you?

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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elbow grease,
start was wire brush, scrapers and work your way up, just lot work.

The best way to do this job get somebody else to do it !
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just subbed it out to John...
he has the way...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Heatgun and scraper. The stuff just rolls off. The bonus is that there's no chemicals or water to clean up or let dry.`Not nice indoors however.
Watch what you're doing! you do NOT want to get your hand in front of the gun's nozzle while you're scraping...a work glove is a real good idea (on the scraping hand not the gun hand...sheesh!)
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Can't beat this price, Charles...
https://www.kmstools.com/king-canada...t-gun-kit-2615
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Chuck said the renter wasn't too tool savvy and didn't want to trust him w/ a sander...
heat gun ...
he burns himself, the railing or the house...
let alone start a fire w/ it...

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John my renter wants to do it so I'm good with that. Don't care how much elbow grease is used as long as it's his elbow grease and not mine; as long as he doesn't get discouraged that is. Good idea Dan and worth a try. I already have a Mcraft one.

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The outside railing would be easy to put out Stick and it's his hand not mine, so if he's a slow learner that will speed up his learning curve.

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Heat gun and scraper. Wire brushes dig out the wood badly. Course sanding discs do to and load up with melted paint. Zip strip will do it too and scrape it off after it bubbles. Makes a class A mess though.

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John my renter wants to do it so I'm good with that. Don't care how much elbow grease is used as long as it's his elbow grease and not mine; as long as he doesn't get discouraged that is. Good idea Dan and worth a try. I already have a Mcraft one.
If you haven't done this before, just hold the tip 2"-3" above the paint, wait till you see it physically changing colour and bubbling...slip your scraper* under the loosened paint and slowly move the gun forward lifting the paint with the scraper as you go. About a 30 second learning curve.

*my personal choice is one of those 5 in 1 style tools
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