Part I – The Test

Yesterday we tried out, and compared, every paint stripper available in the Irish market. 

What we learned so far:

All paint strippers are not equal: there is a huge difference in performance, speed, effectiveness, smell, solvent emissions, etc. If it’s called a ‘Paint Stripper’ then it will strip paint but some strippers will leave a spotless surface while others will require a fair amount of elbow grease and scraping to remove the paint.

Some strippers are still quite toxic and contain a lot of solvents, while some new stripper brands are totally eco and just as effective, if not more effective, than the old market leaders. 

More on this in Part II below as it was beyond impossible to fit all of this into just a few minutes.

Part 2- The Results

The Finale! This is part 2 of Testing Paint Strippers, where we identify which products gave us the top results!

Soot remover and Fireplace cleaner

Soot remover and Fireplace cleaner

 

Coverage is 4-6 sq mtrs per litre.  Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is a working wet system that keeps the paint wet at all times and significantly reducing any risk of dust.

Always try a small test area first just to establish dwell time. On multi-layered paint apply liberally with a paint brush and covering with plastic film and leave overnight. Covering with plastic film traps out the air preventing it drying out making it work for much longer, plus it forces the product down through the substrate stopping any blistering which can lift the product from the surface stopping it working.

One single application can remove up to five layers using this method. Removal can be made easier using a bowl of soapy water and a stainless steel scouring ball, especially on intricate pieces. Use of soapy water and a stainless steel scouring ball also can remove stains from the grain effectivley. On dead flat areas a scraper is advisable to remove lose material first.

Home Strip is totally ph neutral so no need to neutralise afterwards. Just wash down with a damp cloth or sponge and leave to dry naturally.

Demo Video Link- https://youtu.be/dLulvdzBFPs

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