The most important part of any paint job, whether you are painting your house, a Ferrari, or the Golden Gate Bridge is surface preparation. Everyone wants to concentrate on that finish coat, but if you dont have a good surface underneath it, your great paint job is going to look like garbage. Even worse, if you are repainting an older structure, and havent removed all the old, loose paint, your nice new paint job is going to fall right off.
Scraping off old paint is hard, tedious work; maybe thats why people dont really like doing it. Nevertheless, its important. A good paint scraper will make a lot of difference, as you will be able to get the job done faster and easier. Trying to scrape paint with a putty knife just makes the job harder, so the investment in a scraper is well worth it.
Although water-based paints are dry to the touch in less than an hour, they continue to outgas for up to six months. So they aren't fully dry until that process has finished. Thats why wallpaper companies recommend waiting six months before putting wallpaper over new paint. Once the paint is dry, the process really doesn't end. Dry usually means as dry as a product is supposed to get, but then theres dried out. Paint that has been too long on a structure gets dried out. When this happens, it begins to crack and peel.
This damaged paint must be removed before applying new paint. Otherwise, the new paint is just sticking to something thats going to fall off the wood underneath. Thats where paint scrapers come in. Before applying paint to old structures, especially old wood structures, it is essential to scrape off this old paint.
A good paint scraper is made to take lots of abuse. Its amazing how many people think that a paint scraper is a hammer, when they see a loose nail. Not only that, but the constant pressure of scraping is hard on the tool. While it may not look like it, paint is abrasive, and will dull a scraper blade. For this reason, the best paint scrapers usually come with carbide blades. Thats even better than having good quality steel or easily replaceable blades, although those are both good options.
I especially like tools like this when they have ergonomic handles. When you've got a tool in your hands for hours, you want something that is going to be comfortable and not cause any blisters. A nicely contoured handle makes a lot of difference. Even better is a nicely contoured, padded handle.
For overall paint scraping, I don't think you can beat this Warner scraper. The carbide blade means it will last a long time; while the cushioned grip helps you last a long time. Read Full Review
This scraper features a carbide blade for that will be usable for a long time without going dull. The same scraper can be used for both scraping substrates and cleaning paint off windows. It has a soft handle, which I really appreciate, for operator comfort. At the same time, they've put a knob over the business end of the tool for two-handed scraping in tough situations. Warner is a paint-tool specialist, and it really shows in the design and craftsmanship of their tools.
Almost identical to the Warner 10020 scraper, this Allway Tool scraper will get the job done. I especially appreciate the padded handle, which helps reduce operator fatigue. Read Full Review
This scraper is almost a twin of the Warner 10020 scraper. So what's the difference? Warner is a better known company with a solid reputation among professional painters. However, this is an excellent tool with all the same features for the Warner unit. I would have no qualms buying Allway's scraper if I didn't have a Warner available.
Even though most painters don't have a contour scraper in their kit, there are times when you need one. With its collection of stainless steel bits, this scraper is perfect for moldings, furniture and turnings. Read Full Review
Hyde Tools is another paint-related tool specialist. I've picked their multi-bladed scraper as my number three choice, even though most people dont have much use for a contour scraper. However, if you ever work on turned wood railings, furniture, moldings, or Victorian homes, youll definitely need one. These are a little hard to find, but definitely worth looking for. I think Hyde produces the best contour scraper around with a good collection of high quality stainless steel blades.
Allway has added a couple of nice features to this "standard" scraper design. The handle is threaded for attaching to an extension handle. They've also added a metal pad, for those who insist on using their scraper for a hammer. Read Full Review
Although this tool doesnt have a carbide or even a stainless steel blade, its still an excellent tool. The blade actually has four edges, so that when one goes dull, it can be traded out for another. There are a lot of scrapers on the market with this same basic idea, but Allway has added a few nice features to this one. First of all, remember what I was saying about people using their scraper for a hammer? Well, Allway knows about that too and put a metal hammer pad at the bottom end of the handle. That way, you can hammer to your hearts content without dinging up your handle. Unscrew the hammer pad, and you've got a threaded socket for attaching your scraper to an extension handle, which is a great option when you've got to scrape something thats just a little bit out of your reach.
For fast scraping, this 5-inch wide unit from Warner is amazing. Because of its size, it'll take loose paint off faster than anything else. Watch out though, it'll take away your strength that fast as well. Read Full Review
This scraper is not for the weak at heart or the weak of arm. The 5-inch wide blade will take off loose, peeling paint faster than anything else on the market. But Ive got to warn you, it will take away your strength just about as fast. The only thing I could say against this unit is the blade isn't carbide or reversible, so when a blade goes dull, you've got to replace it. On the other hand, youll be working so fast that youll probably have the whole neighborhood scraped clean by the time it goes dull.