I Think We Have a Winner!

Of course, there’s no way to see into the Simpson home without some kind of infrared heat-sensitive camera. So let’s turn it on!

– Kent Brockman

OK, so it’s been over a month since we last worked on the porch floor. Mostly procrastination was to blame. But it was also because we’ve been waiting for an infrared stripper.

You may remember from the end of the first post about stripping the porch floor that we had been thinking of buying quite a fancy infrared stripper. Well, we found a cheaper option. And that’s usually the one we go with! Infrared is infrared, after all. It’s not like you’d get a better quality of electromagnetic radiation from a more expensive piece of kit.

We ordered the Speedstripper from a small company in the north of England. When it arrived, a couple of weeks ago, the handle was broken. Hmmm… so, we contacted the seller. He was very cooperative and offered to ship another one immediately. The new one arrived this week, and I took a break from painting the porch door to give it a spin.

Fully functioning infrared stripper

Fully functioning infrared (and mesored) stripper

The stripper takes a few minutes to get up to operating temperature. I found that holding it about ¾” from the floor soon had the paint ready for stripping.

The part of the floor I tried had not been touched by any of the other methods we’d tried. After just one heating, all the green and most of the grey paint came off. I warmed the remained grey paint one more time, and it came straight off.

Successful paint removal with infrared stripper.

Successful paint removal using infrared stripper.

This was a pleasant surprise. I didn’t really think it would be any better than the heat gun was.

So there we have it. The infrared method is the one we will go with. The floor will still need some sanding after stripping, but I think that was always going to be the case.

This is not a sponsored post, but if you would like to order this thing, we bought it here.

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