I never tought of removing paint with it! Which Tools for Which Project: It certainly works on many finishes! Get the Best way to strip paint off cabinets news, updates and offers from This Old House to your inbox. Clean the Cabinets Even if they don't look dirty, grease and grime have likely worked their way into the surface of your cabinets. The heat loosens up the paint, so that you can remove it with the scraper also included in the kit.