Does anyone have any experience with the Paintshaver Pro paint removal tool (https://paintshaver.com)? How about cheaper Chinese versions - something like this: https://trademe.nz/marketplace/building-renovation/tools/power-tools/heat-guns-stripping-tools/listing/1868456545. These are literally an eighth of the price of the Paintshaver Pro where I live.

Looking for some real life reports of using these things, as they really have the power to mess things up!

This would be for removing the paint from the exterior of a wooden house.

  • Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. I have no experience with these, but watching the video I'd be worried about how much wood you were removing. Removing loose paint is a pain; residing is $$$. – Daniel Griscom Dec 18 '18 at 12:46
  • do you have an oscillating saw? you can get scrapper blades for them for under $10. you can get the saw itself for under $30 at harbor fright, probably decent enough to do one medium-sized job. – dandavis Dec 18 '18 at 18:22
  • @DanielGriscom Looks like the idea with these is you can set a specific depth, and so control how much you're taking off. Reasonably precise tool engineering required for this, of course. – Adrian Dec 19 '18 at 1:48
  • @dandavis Hmm, I'd guess being able to set scraping depth would be where a paint shaver would win over an oscillating saw. That looks like a great tool though - added to my wishlist. – Adrian Dec 19 '18 at 1:50

I own a paint shaver pro. I use it for work. If you're good at working with it it does an excellent job. If you tilt it just a little bit you can scratch or mar the wood. You can take a regular sander and sand it out. If you're dealing homes having lead containing paint this is the only way to go because of EPA. Between the paint shaver, the sander, vacuum cleaner I have about $2,000 wrapped up into all of this

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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. Do you mean "mar the wood", and "lead containing homes"? And, you should probably take our tour so you'll know how best to contribute here. – Daniel Griscom Jan 4 at 3:38

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