ENVIRONMENTLY SAFE THIXOTROPIC BIODEGRADABLE PAINT STRIPPERS
WOOD_STRIP 3900 is a thixotropic, biodegradable, fast acting, relatively safe paint strippers made from renewable raw materials For Wood Paint Removal, Wood Finishing and Furniture Restoration. It does not contain caustics, methylene chloride, alcohol, petroleum distillates, or paraffin wax. WOOD_ STRIP 3900 contains very low volatile organic solvents (VOCs) and no hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). WOOD_STRIP3900 is biodegradable with a greater than 80% biodegradable oxygen demand; this indicates that WOOD_STRIP 3900 For Wood Paint Stripping, Wood Finishing and Furniture Restoration will be removed in a biological wastewater treatment plant. WOOD_STRIP 3900 is very efficient in removing air-dried finishes. It does not darken or damage wood. Because WOOD_STRIP 3900 is biodegradable, it is the ideal paint stripper to use outdoors. WOOD_STRIP 3900 does not contain any obnoxious, strong smelling solvents. Although WOOD_STRIP 3900 appears to have mild handling risks, safety precautions must be followed carefully for personal protection.
Wood_Strip 3900 For Wood Paint Removal, Wood Finishing and Furniture Restoration Applies in an even wet coat with a brush or roller. Although WOOD_STRIP 3900 may be sprayed, spraying is not recommended because over-spray may cause damage to painted surfaces that are not to be stripped of paint. A high quality lamb’s wool cover with a phenolic core is the best roller to use. In the case of multiple coats of paint, depending upon how many layers a single application affects, reapplication may be required.
If you’re working hard and getting frustrated because the finish won’t come off, it’s probably because you aren’t letting the remover do its work. Some times it is necessary to put several coats on before the old finish is ready to come off. If you try scraping the old finish off before it is ready you waste paint stripper and energy. Use a scraper with rounded corners. If the remover laden finish dries before you get back to it, it can be reactivated with another application.
Most Common Mistakes
For best results, use a power spray washer. When power spray washing cannot be used scraping, followed by warm soapy water rinse can be used.
Suggestions for HAND Stripping:
Stripped surfaces are always a little more problematic than finishing on new wood. Generally Pigment Wiping Stains are the best choice for coloring on the stripped surface. Lacquer shading stains and lacquer colorants blended into sanding sealer and build coats are a good bet for color correcting. Use amber lacquer on medium to darker woods or stains to give a richer and homogeneous continuity to the piece. On very light timber and on light colors use water -white lacquer or for the very clearest non-yellowing finish use -Acrylic lacquer
Flat surfaces are quite easy to strip, but spindles can be kind of tricky. First, strip the heavy stuff off, then on to the final stripping step. Pieces of burlap or other coarse cloth work good on spindles, worked around, back and forth on softened finish. String or rough twine is also good for tight turnings. One of our most used tools was a piece of dowel about the size of a pencil, sharpened in a pencil sharpener. It’s good for the grooves in turnings, cracks, gouges and lots of other uses.
If a spindle that you are working on is moveable, like chair rungs, and you are using liquid remover, support the spindle over a pan (a 9 x 14 cake pan from a thrift shop is good) and using a brush, keep daubing stripper on the spindle. Use your sharpened dowel periodically to remove any softened finish from grooves, then go back to daubing. Eventually the finish will all come off. Even ten coats. In a situation where old paint just won’t come off of a spindle, try an old screwdriver that has rounded corners. Don’t sharpen the screwdriver or you may ruin the spindle.
PROTECT EYES and SKIN.
Always test products in an inconspicuous place to check compatibility and end results.
Companion Materials & Supplies:
Do not leave impregnated rags wadded or stacked in bundles as these can burst into spontaneous fire. Dispose of rags and waste in accordance with local regulations; or lay rags out flat preferably outside, to dry so as to avoid any fire hazard.
Check with your waste disposal facility (garbage dump, from years past) to see how to dispose of the remnants. If you have very old painted furniture, which may have lead paint, check with the hazardous waste people in your area to see how to dispose of the residue. ALWAYS wear gloves when stripping old paint. NEVER sand old painted finishes, the paint may contain lead and you could create a lead cloud, very detrimental to you and to others who might come in contact with it. Stripper will keep it moist and dust free.
Note: The information presented herein is our interpretation of certain test results and field experience to date. The information is not to be taken as warranty or representation for which we assume legal responsibility, nor as permission or recommendation to practice any patented invention without a license. It is offered solely for your consideration, investigation and verification.