Alternative Paint Strippers
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By Bob Flexner Safer strippers are having a 'green' revival.Green strippers.The failed attempt to introduce alternatives to methylene-chloride strippers in the early 1990s is having a revival as 'green.
' (Notice the green coloring on the labels.) The strippers pictured here all work great, but they do so considerably more slowly than traditional methylene-chloride and combined-solvent strippers.If you have the time, however, these alternative strippers are actually easier to use because they can remove many coats of paint or finish in one application.
Methods for removing old paint and finish from furniture have gone through at least four distinct periods.Before solvents became widely available, coatings were removed by scraping, often with glass used like we use scrapers, and sometimes by sanding, after sandpaper became available.
(Heat and caustics such as lye have never been a good idea for furniture because they can lift veneer and separate joints.Also, lye will turn most hardwoods black.) The first active solvent widely used for stripping was benzene.
It was cheap and fairly effective, and it was sometimes combined with other solvents to make commercial strippers.By the early 1970s, however, benzene was shown to be carcinogenic.It was taken off the market and replaced as a stripping...