An industrial strength paint remover is simply a much stronger version of a common paint remover. It is used to remove layers of enamel, glue or varnish that have been put on any kind of surface like wood, tile, metal or any kind of furniture.
When you are trying to restore any kind of flooring, wall or piece of furniture, you need a clean and even surface to work with. If you do not get direct access to the material then the new paint job will look blotchy and unprofessional. You first need a product called a paint remover or a paint stripper to clear out the remnants of the old varnish so that you may go in with a new coat.
Another way to remove old paint is to sand the entire area that you need to repaint. This has a lot of drawbacks and it also causes a huge mess. An industrial strength paint remover is a much safer and easier way out. However, it is important to choose the right kind of paint stripper and also to use it the right way.
Types Of Industrial Strength Paint Removers, and Where Can They Be Used
Paint removers are viscous substances that are usually available in gel form. These are called paint stripper gels. It is made up of two different solvents which act upon the top most coat and also work their way to the deeper layers. All the previous paint coats will rise up to the surface and become wrinkly. This can be easily removed to get a clean base to work on. These gels can be used on sturdy materials such as metals and concrete.
In the case of wood, you have to be extremely careful. Wood is a sensitive substance that can darken up or lose its integrity if the wrong kind of product is used. In this case you have to apply a thin even layer of a paint remover that is well-suited to wooden materials in the direction of the grain. Remove all excess products so that you may get your desired results.
The Correct Way to Use a Paint Stripper
- Use a brush that is suitably-sized for the surface and apply the paint remover in thick and even layers.
- Wait for 15 to 20 minutes for the paint stripper to work.
- Once the old paint layers have wrinkled up and come to the top then you can scrape them off smoothly. It may be a good idea to give the surface a good wash with a brush.
- In some cases like metal or wood you might need to clean the material with turpentine to remove all traces of the paint remover.
- Let the surface rest for the next day or two so that all the moisture is dried out completely before moving on to repainting.
- Buy your new paint and get to work.