How to Sharpen a Paint Scraper With Double-Sided Blades

Every self-respecting painter has an array of paint scrapers for various tasks. Scrapers with double-sided blades can double your efficiency, as the blades can be rotated when one side gets dull. Carbide blades are extremely hard and should be professionally sharpened, but the majority of scrapers you'll see in paint and hardware stores have stainless-steel blades. When your scraper gets dull from hard hours of paint scraping, or you nick the blade by scraping it across a nail, you have several options for sharpening the blade.

Sharpen scraper blades with a file.

Step 1

Keep a flat, fine-toothed file handy for on-the-job scraper blade sharpening, or for filing down small nicks on the blade.  Depending on the style of double-edged scraper you have, you may need to unscrew the blade and remove it from the scraper handle first.

Step 2

Lay the blade flat on a workbench or other flat surface.  Hold one side of the blade flat.

Run the file lengthwise along the edge.  Turn the blade around and file the other side.

Flip the blade over and repeat. 

Step 3

Sharpen the scraper blade more finely with a whetstone -- a sharpening stone -- after you've filed the blade.  Wet-dry sandpaper works as well.

Put a few drops of mineral oil on the blade before you sharpen it for a very smooth finish. 

Step 4

Use an electric rotary grinder for efficiency if you have a lot of blades to sharpen. 

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Flat file
  • Whetstone
  • Wet-dry sandpaper
  • Mineral oil

About the Author

Stevie Donald has been an online writer since 2004, producing articles for numerous websites and magazines. Her writing chops include three books on dog care and training, one of which won a prestigious national award in 2003. Donald has also been a painting contractor since 1979, painting interiors and exteriors.

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