Always check for evidence of lead first if stripping
old paint (usually before 1970) using a Household Lead Test Kit
and wear gloves and breathing mask for added safety. If you think
you have lead see our about lead page. Always use a suitable type
scraper for the surface (i.e. straight, convex, concave, pointed
as so on). Keep the scraper upright on wood and most other surfaces
to avoid digging in and damaging the surface.