Appearance : paste
Colour : greenish
Odour : mild
Boiling Point : 196-225 °C
Density : 1,1 gr/ml at 20 °C
Flash Point : > 95°C
VOC content : 38 gram/litre (approx 3,4 %)
Solubility in water : partly soluble
- ECOlogic Remover is a stable product, we recommend to stir before use especially when using a brush or roller, stirring is important to create a useable viscosity.
- Before any paint stripping is started we recommend that a trial application is undertaken.
- If a brush is used, we recommend the use of a flat brush with natural bristles. Some artificial fibre brushes can react to ECOlogic Remover. Nylon is also suitable.
- ECOlogic Remover can be applied with an airless spray using a nozzle with an opening of 0,21”- 0,31” and a spraying angle of 40-50°. Due to its unique viscosity and “tack”, the ECOlogic Remover will bond on both walls and ceilings!
- ECOlogic Remover should be liberally applied and the layer of paint remover should be thicker than the coat of paint which is to be removed.
- The ECOlogic Remover applied on the paint/plaster will soak in the paint/plaster, so when you remove the paint/plaster you also remove the used paint stripper. The removed coatings are non-hazardous (except in the case of lead paints, and can be disposed of as conventional building waste.
- Protection should be put in place on floors and surrounding surfaces that are not to have the paint removed.
- Period of reaction: From 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the type of paint and the coating thickness. When stripping walls it is common practice for the ECOlogic Remover to be left overnight and the paint is then completely dissolved and you can easily water-jet or scrape down the softened paint or plaster. For best results ECOlogic Remover should not be removed too soon. It may be necessary to apply multiple coats if the outer paint layers blisters to create a barrier between the and the base layers. Intense sunlight and strong winds can dry out the paint remover too rapidly. In those cases the ECOlogic Remover must be applied again to the areas that have dried out before reacting.
- Dissolved paint can be removed with a scraper, a brush or by high pressure hot (60-90°C) water washer. When washing, it is very important to begin at the bottom and work upwards.
- Consumption: 1 litre for every 1-3m2
- Cleaning: Clean the equipment with (warm) water
- ECOlogic Remover can also be used at temperatures below 0°C
Why use a safe eco-friendly paint stripper? Because according to the HSE and the US Consumer Safety Commission
IF NOT PROPERLY USED, PAINT STRIPPERS ARE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH AND SAFETY.
The following is general advice given about their use.
Paint strippers contain chemicals that loosen paint from surfaces. These chemicals can harm you or cause death if they are not used properly. Since many are absorbed readily through the skin or are inhaled easily, some paint stripping chemicals can irritate the skin and eyes or cause headaches, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, or loss of coordination. Some chemicals may cause cancer, developmental or reproductive problems, or damage the liver, kidney, or brain. Others catch fire easily. Adverse health effects in the developing foetus have been noted in laboratory animals exposed to some of the chemicals in paint strippers. Therefore, women of child-bearing age who work with or use paint strippers on a regular basis, such as at work, should take special precautionary measures to decrease their risk from dermal/or and inhalation exposure. These measures include use of appropriate gloves, increased ventilation, and limited work times when using paint strippers.
More consumers are choosing to complete do-it-yourself (DIY) projects in their homes. Using paint strippers in confined spaces, such as stripping paint from furniture or in confined spaces like bathrooms, can potentially expose you to dangerous chemicals through inhalation and dermal absorption.
Many types of chemical or solvent based strippers require careful disposal and may require the use of a licenced disposal site. Never tip unused or used product down the drain. Always read the label for advice on use and disposal.
Types of strippers
Strippers fall into three categories: caustic, solvent, and biochemical.
Caustic strippers are water-based solutions with a pH of 13 to 14. Their active ingredient is lye, which may be either potassium hydroxide (known as caustic potash) or sodium hydroxide (caustic soda). In caustic strippers, the lye reacts with the oily component of the paint film, turning it into soap. This reaction with the paint loosens it from the surface. The health risks of caustic strippers include skin burns and lung irritation.
Solvent strippers remove paint by dissolving or softening the bond between the film and substrate, causing the coating to bubble up. The most common solvent is methylene chloride (also called dichloromethane), but alcohol, toluene, acetone, and ketones are often also present.
Methylene chloride-based strippers work very well. However, they pose more potent health risks than caustic strippers do. They temporarily reduce the blood’s capacity to carry oxygen and may cause permanent liver and kidney damage and cancer.
Another solvent is N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), often used in combination with dibasic esters (DBE). Although these strippers are promoted as a safer alternative to methylene chloride, their health effects are not yet completely understood. According to the EPA, NMP causes skin swelling, irritation, and blisters. Dibasic esters cling nicely to vertical surfaces, but they work slowly and have been reported to fuzz the surface of wood.
Yet another solvent system is a combination of alcohol, toluene, and methanol. This cocktail works quickly, but it evaporates quickly and is highly flammable. Breathing it can give you brain damage. The fact that it evaporates quickly reduces somewhat the volume of waste you must dispose of.
Biochemical-based stripping agents are another category. The solvents in them are derived from plants. Biochemical-based strippers may include terpenes, from pine or citrus; lactic acids, from corn sugars; dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), from wood pulp and paper by-products; citric acid; and soy oil. Some of these materials can irritate your skin. In addition to the biochemical ingredients, most of these strippers contain NMP.
Although manufacturers of citrus-based products emphasize their suitability for commercial use, the paint stores in my town don’t report selling a lot of citrus-based strippers to professionals. If customers are concerned about odour, they may be happier if you use a citrus-based stripper. Remind them, though, that citrus-based strippers do contain harmful chemicals, and that the stripper will have to remain on the surface for a long time to work.
Strippers marketed as “safe” or “eco” don’t contain methylene chloride, but they may contain NMP, DBE, biochemical agents, or a combination. Ecologic Remover does not