Paint Stripping the Eco Way

In recent years the consumer has become more demanding in terms of the environment and their family’s well-being which has been reflected in a wide range of areas such as the growth of low odour paints & varnishes, organic food and natural products.

The world of D.I.Y is no different and Eco Solutions was developed out of a concern for health, safety and the environment. Their roots are in a company that was one of the U.K.’s larger users of solvent-based paint strippers. Being worried about the negative impacts of chemical paint stripping on health and the environment, they set themselves the task of developing safe and environmentally friendly alternatives to dangerous solvents that were effective for daily use in commercial environments. Today they have a range of safe and effective, solvent-free coatings removal products, which can be used by consumers and professionals alike at a lower cost and without any of the usual risks that are associated with hazardous solvents.

Why Paint Stripper?

One of the most dangerous and toxic DIY jobs is stripping old paintwork/varnishes etc in and around the home. Traditional hazardous paint strippers contain an ingredient called methylene chloride, or sometimes called dichloromethane (DCM). This ingredient causes dizziness, nausea, and even death in severe cases. Classified as a Class 3 Carcinogen DCM evaporates quickly and is easily inhaled. It can also cause problems for people with heart, lung or blood diseases. Prolonged high exposure can cause liver & kidney damage. Now, the EU is seeking further restrictions on sale of DCM products, in particular to the consumer.

So how do you strip paint and stay safe and green?

  1. Use a non-DCM paint stripper or water-based products, such as Home Strip® from Eco Solutions. Take care to read label information carefully – if not using Home Strip® some non-DCM products contain N-methyl Pyrrolidone (NMP) which is dangerous for pregnant women.
  2. If using a mechanical system for stripping (sanding or heatgun), always wear the appropriate mask to prevent inhaling fumes and dust.
  3. Always clear away paint waste straight away to avoid contaminating other areas.
  4. Remember that lead-based paints are normally present in properties over 40 years old – this type of paint is particularly dangerous for young children. Using a water-based paint stripper such as Home Strip® will reduce the risk of exposure to lead. NEVER sand painted surfaces which you suspect may contain lead based paint.

REMEMBER to prepare well for the job, and use the product company’s technical or customer careline telephone number to ensure you are properly protected.

For more information please visit the Eco Solutions website

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