Before Refinishing Furniture

Antique+chair-stripping+paint2Before refinishing furniture, old paint or varnish must be stripped off. Several options are available. You could sand and scrape the paint off, but that would take a very long time. Dry sanding or scraping also has the added mess and dust hazard. Breathing in paint or varnish dust can irritate the lungs or worse especially if the coating is old with potential lead hazards. You could use a strong paint stripper, but you’d need to wear gloves, a respirator, safety glasses and protective clothing. Methylene chloride is a solvent which is commonly used in chemical paint strippers. Exposure to methylene chloride increases risk of developing cancer, adverse effects on the heart, central nervous system and liver, and skin or eye irritation. Exposure may occur through inhalation, by absorption through the skin, or through contact with the skin. A third option is to use an environmentally friendly paint stripper, which may take a little longer to do the job but is much safer for you and the environment. Follow this link for some quick tips on how to use environmentally friendly paint strippers.¬† If your looking for an environmentally friendly paint stripper that gives you the performance of a chemical stripper and the added safety of a water based gel stripper then look no further than EcoSolve Americas. We pride ourselves with offering environmentally friendly alternatives to dangerous solvents that are powerful, safe, and effective! EcoSolve’s Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is the revolution of paint and varnish stripping. What was either extremely difficult or extremely hazardous before now can be a fun DIY project! Visit our website for more great info on EcoSolve and our range of safe coating removal options here¬†