Vapor Blasting vs Traditional Stripping Methods: A Comparison

calander Jan 28 , 2023 user-icon Nash Painting
Old paint petina
Old paint petina

Many options exist for removing old paint from the outside of a house, which is the first step in restoring its original condition. Chemical paint stripper and hand scraping with paint burners are two common conventional approaches. Both of these approaches have the potential to be tedious, costly, and untidy. However, a more recent technique called vapor blasting is becoming increasingly popular in the refurbishment industry.

This is a table of contents for:

  • The First Step: An Overview
  • Conventional Techniques for Stripping
    • Paint-Removing Chemicals
    • Using Burners and a Hand Scraper
    • Vapor Blasting
  • General Principles
  • The Benefits When Compared to Conventional Techniques
  • One, it's quicker and more effective overall.
  • Second, it's cleaner and more secure.
  • Economical
  • Final Thoughts

Paint remover chemicals

Oftentimes, homeowners will opt to use a chemical paint stripper to get rid of old paint on the exterior of their home. The paint is dissolved by a liquid or gel solution that is applied to the surface of the surface and then scraped off. The noxious fumes and sticky residue of chemical paint remover make it a potentially dangerous material to work with. It may take several applications before all traces of paint have been removed, which may be both expensive and time-consuming.

Use of Paint Burners for Manual Scrubbing

It is another common practice to use paint burners and scrape the paint off by hand. The paint is softened with a heat gun, and then it is scraped off by hand. In addition to being a time-consuming and potentially dirty process, this approach also produces much dust and debris. Using a paint burner to scrape by hand is risky because the heat gun can cause burns and the scraped off paint can be combustible.

Blasting with Vapor

Vapor blasting, sometimes called dustless blasting, is a modern approach to stripping old paint from the exterior of a building. This process uses a combination of high-pressure water vapor and abrasive media to wash away dirt and restore a surface's original sheen. Vapor blasting is less abrasive than sandblasting, therefore it is less likely to damage the surface beneath. Since vapor blasting used water to control dust and debris, it provides a significantly more hygienic and secure working environment than sandblasting. Furthermore, vapor blasting is more productive than sandblasting because it takes much less time to finish. This means that homeowners can get back to enjoying their homes much faster. Finally, vapor blasting provides an economical alternative to more conventional approaches of paint repair.


Vapor blasting is a great option for restoring your home's exterior. When compared to using chemical paint stripper or scraping by hand with paint burners, this process is safer, cleaner, more efficient, and less expensive. Before commencing any vapor blasting work, make sure you hire a reliable contractor who has experience in the field and can give you with a comprehensive quotation.