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Choosing the Right Scraper for Your Project: A Guide to Speedheater Paint Scrapers

By June 5, 2024No Comments

Taking on a paint removal project? Having the right tools for the job can make all the difference. Speedheater Paint Scrapers offer a variety of options for any surface, but choosing the right scraper can be confusing. This guide will help you select the perfect Speedheater scraper to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Understanding Speedheater™ Scrapers

Speedheater™ scrapers are designed to efficiently pull not push off all the layers of softened paint, varnish, polyurethane, and many other surface coatings down to bare wood. The handles are long and ergonomic. They are designed to be gripped with both hands, allowing for a deeper and more even stroke as you pull towards you.  This design reduces strain on the hands and wrists and makes it ideal for prolonged scraping.

Speedheater scraper blades are made of thick, Swedish spring steel and have beveled edges. Unlike the thinner, softer blades of most paint scrapers, the very hard, spring steel Speedheater blades don’t nick or crack when they hit a nail. 

Their sharp, beveled edges mean fewer strokes are needed to get all the old paint and other coatings off thoroughly yet quickly. The blades of all Speedheater™ Scrapers can be removed and sharpened.  Speedheater scrapers are designed to provide a comfortable, effective and efficient paint scraping experience.

Types of Speedheater™ Scrapers and Their Uses

Clapboard Scraper

The Clapboard Scraper has 5 (five) straight edges of different lengths for efficient scraping of flat surfaces. The different lengths and sharp tips provide versatility for various widths of wood and straight-angled grooves. The 90° angle of two edges provides a unique function: two perpendicular painted surfaces (such as the front of one clapboard and the underside end of the clapboard above it) can be simultaneously scraped.

Here are some project applications where the Clapboard Scraper shines:

  • Exterior siding: simple clapboard and board and batten
  • Flat surfaces on doors
  • Baseboards
  • Exterior paneling
  • Flat window and door frames
  • Floors: wood with paint, varnish, polyurethane, and remnant adhesive from vinyl or carpet removal
  • Stairs: risers, treads, flat spindles, balusters, newels
  • Furniture: tables, chairs, dressers, desks, and more

Profile Scraper

When you are facing paint removal on curved or profiled surfaces, a straight-edged scraper won’t do;  it will gouge the wood.  The Speedheater Profile Scraper is your solution. This scraper is specifically designed to navigate the contours of simple joinery and woodwork,  leaving a smooth, professional finish.

The Profile Scraper with 6 (six) different concave and convex curves wider than 1” effortlessly clears coatings from a variety of curved surfaces. This blade provides exceptional control and precision on simple curved profiles

The best applications for the curved edges of the Profile Scraper are:


  • Window sill edges
  • Crown molding
  • Baseboards
  • Paneled Doors
  • Door and window frames
  • Stairs: spindles and tread edges
  • Round board and batten siding
  • Dutch lap siding
  • Fluted columns
  • Furniture Restoration: curved legs and spindles, rounded edges, and wide grooves

Boomerang Scraper

For the challenging removal of paint or varnish on intricate woodwork with a variety of curves and tight spaces, the Speedheater Boomerang Scraper is your go-to solution. This scraper boasts a three-sided blade designed to conquer even the most challenging narrow, round grooves and detailed profiles.

The scraper features two convex sides and one concave side. The bottom curve fits ½ inch diameter grooves;  the two tips fit 1/8” narrow grooves, tight spaces, and intricate details. The interior edge fits turned wood dowels and spindles. In addition, the longer exterior edges are only slightly curved and can be used to scrape shorter, flat surfaces, too, without needing to switch to a different, straight-edged scraper. No curve is too complex for the Boomerang Scraper.

This scraper’s unique shaped curves (like a boomerang) allow you to reach into tight spaces and remove paint and other coatings smoothly where traditional, straight-edged scrapers might gouge the wood.

While the Boomerang Scraper excels at detailed woodwork, its applications extend to a wider range of curved and intricate surfaces than can traditional curved-edge scrapers.

These applications include:

  • Narrow, curved grooves in woodwork
  • Carved wood details
  • Raised Panel Doors
  • Shutter louvers and grooves
  • Furniture: intricate carvings, narrow dowels, leg spindles and grooves



For the ultimate in versatility and adaptability, the Speedheater Flexi-Scraper is in a class of its own. This innovative tool has detachable blades that can be angled and rotated to conform to a great variety of surfaces.

The Flexi-Scraper’s magic lies in its ability to provide 6 (six) different scraping profiles from just 3 (three) interchangeable blades. This eliminates the need for a bulky collection of many scrapers and allows you to complete multiple scraping tasks with a single tool.

Here are a few of the projects where the Flexi-Scraper works well:


  • Moldings: baseboards, crowns, dentile, and others with curved, and narrow-grooved designs
  • Stairs: handrails, newels, and balusters – turned or block shapes
  • Other interior woodwork: ceiling medallions, paneled doors, window parts, and mantels
  • Exterior architectural details: fluted columns, gables, brackets, corbels, cornices, gingerbreads, and other ornamental millwork
  • Furniture: spindles, dowels, detailed relief and carved wood.

Putty Scraper

Restoring old windows needs some special tools. The Speedheater Putty Scraper is a one-of-a-kind putty knife for efficient and safe glazing putty removal from glass. It’s not your ordinary putty knife. The flat, beveled-edge end of our Putty Scraper is crafted to hug the smooth surface of the glass and to minimize the risk of scratches while effectively removing unwanted putty and paint. The perpendicular end quickly clears the old putty out of the wooden bed on which the glass sets. This task is critical for the tight-fitting seal of new putty.

Both ends of the scraper’s thin blade also can navigate tight corners and grooves of windows to remove paint, putty, or other unwanted materials. There is another special feature of the Putty Scraper which separates it from any other common, all-flat putty knife.  Its curved end works well to smoothly and evenly apply new putty when re-glazing.

The Putty Scraper works best in conjunction with the Speedheater infrared method of heating and softening window paint and putty for removal.

Chisel with a Roller

For precise and safe window and glass-panel putty removal, the Speedheater Chisel with Roller is your ultimate solution. This tool separates old, tough putty from the wooden frame while minimizing the risk of damaging the delicate glass or wooden components.

Removing putty with simple, standard chisels increases the risk of chipping and cracking glass. The Chisel with a Roller has a unique feature common chisels do not have: an adjustable roller.

The innovative roller design ensures the chisel’s edge maintains a consistent depth throughout the putty removal process. The roller can be adjusted to perfectly match the depth of the putty groove. The stability of the chisel edge rolling along the fragile wood prevents gouging of the wood. The fixed setting of the blade height eliminates the need to apply pressure directly on the glass panel. These features significantly reduce the risk of chipping and cracking the fragile glass.

The Chisel with Roller and the Putty Scraper work best when the putty is first softened with the Speedheater infrared heat method

4-Cut Scraper

When removing paint from large, flat surfaces with thick paint or varnish – whether dry or softened,  minimum downtime and efficiency are critical. Very extensive use of any paint scraper will dull its blade edge.

The Speedheater 4-Cut Scraper is specifically developed to make the complete stripping process go faster with less downtime doing blade resharpening. This four-sided blade can be rotated and flipped like no other scraper on the market. The ability to switch to another of the 8 (eight) straight edges without the time-consuming, complete blade changes is a game changer for paint removal scraping.

Another feature of the 4-Cut Scraper is the easy-grip knob. It allows you to apply additional pressure for tough paint removal tasks and to ensure a clean scrape on flat, heavily-coated surfaces.

The 4-Cut scraper’s beveled-edge blades and scraping with an even pressure prevent accidental damage to the underlying surface while quickly and thoroughly removing paint and other coatings.

Some examples of good application of this scraper are:

  • Exterior siding
  • Deck stripping
  • Floors                                                                           
  • Wall paper removal
  • Furniture

Choosing the Perfect Speedheater Scraper for Your Specific Task

With a variety of scraper options available,  Speedheater tools equip you to face any paint removal challenge with confidence. By considering the surface you’ll be working on,  the type of paint or other coating you’re removing, and your desired level of versatility, you can select the ideal scraper to get the job done efficiently and effectively. Remember, Speedheater scrapers are designed for durability and performance and feature ergonomic handles, replaceable blades, and high-quality steel construction.

So, the next time you embark on a paint removal project, don’t reach for dull, generic, traditional scrapers. Invest in Speedheater scrapers and experience the difference for yourself. You’ll be amazed at how quickly and easily you can achieve professional-looking results and leave your surfaces thoroughly clean, smooth and ready for their next transformation.

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