Tips for Selecting a Scraper for Your Project

25 May 2017
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog

The task of selecting a scraper from the huge variety that is available can be a daunting prospect for someone who is doing it for the first time. Read on and discover some useful tips that you can follow in order to select the best scraper for your project.

Consider the Shape

Consider your project and decide what the most appropriate shape for your scraper should be. For instance, a straight scraper may suffice in case you want to strip wallpaper from the walls in your home. However, you may need to buy a specialty scraper in case you want to remove paint from furniture. Those specialty scrapers are curved in a way that conforms to the shape of the surface that you would like to use that tool upon.

Range of Tasks to Be Performed

Is your project a simple repainting project that doesn't involve other activities? Buy the simplest scraper that you can find in case you don't foresee any other associated tasks during your project. Conversely, you can buy a multi-purpose scraper in case you intend to perform other tasks, such as pulling nails and removing putty from the surfaces that you would like to repaint. An "11-in-1" scraper is an example of a multi-purpose scraper that can be used for those additional surface preparation tasks that may arise during your project.


Compare the comfort features that each scraper has before you select the one that you buy. For instance, a scraper with a plastic handle may offer more comfort as you work. Consequently, your hands will not feel as sore as the hands of another person would be if he or she used a scraper that didn't have such a handle.

Site Hazards

You should also select a scraper that will not pose any safety risk as you use it. For instance, are there flammable substances in the locations where you will be working? Select a scraper whose blade is stiff and tempered. Such a blade will be unlikely to cause sparks that can ignite those flammable substances. Similarly, a scraper with a wooden blade will pose no risks of sparks as you remove peeling paint during your project.

The Magnitude of the Task

People who are going to use a scraper on a large surface area, such as the floor of a warehouse, may opt for mechanised scrapers. These come in versions that you can walk behind as you work as well as those that can be driven because they are motorised. Such scrapers will enable you to cover more ground quickly because they have larger blades than the handheld ones.

Consult experts in case you remain undecided about the most appropriate scraper from those that you have shortlisted after considering the factors in the discussion above. Click here for more information on scrapers!