· PORTABLE electric sanding machines can save hours of tedious and tiring hand sanding or scraping provided the right machine is selected and properly handled. Safety is important. When using any electric sander, always wear goggles to protect the eyes and a respirator or safety mask to protect against inhaling dust.
At any rate, getting the majority of the paint off is easy. The worst part is trying to get the final bits out of all the little nooks and crannies. That usually takes longer in itself than taking off the majority of the paint. The other option is the heat machines. With these you must be sure there's no lead in the paint you're trying to remove.
Collect all paint debris on a groundsheet large enough to contain all the debris. If you're working on a scaffold, tie a sheet underneath to catch falling paint. If you're removing paint by water blasting, try to collect all flakes of paint from the surrounding area.