Monday, October 23, 2017

EPA 10 Toxic Threats: Cringe Worthy Consumer Use Chemicals Getting Industry Push Back

The Environmental Protection Agency has published a list of 10 toxic threats it will evaluate first under law passed last year intended to crack down on hazardous chemicals. They are among 90 chemicals identified by the agency that may harm children, damage nerve tissue, cause cancer, contaminate the environment, accumulate in the bloodstream or show up in consumer products. As the review begins, industry and other interest groups are urging the E.P.A. to limit any restrictions.

2 on the list we find of great concern because of the high concentration levels in readily accessible consumer products with poor warning and caution labels. Some products containing these chemicals actually claim to be safe alternatives giving the consumer a false sense of safety when using them! So what chemicals have us cringing to see industry push back?

Methylene Chloride

Where you may find it:Methylene chloride is used in pharmaceutical manufacturing and polyurethane foam manufacturing. It is also found in paint strippers, adhesives, metal cleaners, and aerosol solvents. Many products are sold at home improvement stores!

How it could hurt you: Exposure can harmthe central nervous system, with effects including dizziness, incapacitation and, sometimes, death. It is also linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer and lung cancer. It has been associated with dozens of deaths.The E.P.A., just days before the end of the Obama administration, proposed banning its useas a paint stripper because of these hazards.

Industry Intervention: W.M. Barr & Company, the largest national manufacturer of solvents, removers, fuels and cleaning products, asked the E.P.A. to withdrawits proposed rule to ban methylene chloride in paint stripper, arguing that its products do "not present an unreasonable risk." However paint strippers containing methylene chloride can have a concentration of up to 99% pure chemical and purchased off the shelf of most home improvement stores with little or no required safety knowledge provided and minimal hazard warnings on label. People are dying from this stuff!


Where you may find it:N-Methylpyrrolidone is a solvent used in petrochemical processing. It can be found in plastics, paint, inks, enamels, electronics, industrial and consumer cleaning products, paint strippers, andarts and crafts materials

How it could hurt you:It may pose a particular risk to women who are pregnant or of childbearing age, according to studies on animals that suggestdelayed fetal development.

Industry intervention:  The NMP Manufacturers Group argues that the chemical "is used in many industry sectors, in varied processes," and that it would be "unworkable for industry and unworkable for EPA" to evaluate them all. However paint stripping companies are using this chemical as a solvent in there products most commonly soy and citrus based strippers marketing them as a safe alternative to methylene chloride giving the consumer a false sense of safety when using the product.

For the full list of E.P.A.'s Top 10 Toxic Threats, and Industry's Pushback follow this link:

If you are looking to use a paint stripping product and need a safe alternative that truly is as safe as it seems we recommend EZ Strip.

What is the difference between Traditional Paint Strippers and EZ Strip?

Traditional paint strippers initiate a chemical reaction that reacts with the coating being stripped releasing dangerous toxic off gasses and fumes into the air. The products and the residue are toxic should not be disposed of in household waste, flushed into water ways, or the sewer system including septic tanks. Impervious chemical resistant gloves and respirators must be worn to prevent toxic exposure. 

EZ Strip products react totally different by breaking the physical bond between the coating and the substrate actually lifting the coating from the surface. When paint is removed for example with EZ Strip, it is still paint as no chemical change has taken place. EZ Strip products are safe to use, completely free of toxic fumes, and skin safe. (Gloves recommended for prolonged use, always wear eye protection for any removal project.)

Unlike traditional strippers EZ Strip is neutralized with just water and residue can safely be flushed or disposed of in household trash saving money on trips to disposal sites.  

SAFETY WARNING! Lead Paint? Asbestos? If you're not sure test it before you remove it!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

How To Remove Popcorn Ceilings!

     Get rid of that bumpy lumpy painted ceiling that is impossible to clean and huge mess maker even if you just think about touching it! Now there is a dust free removal method that you can do yourself without the need to dry scrape, replace drywall, or have the surface professionally skim coated over. EZ Strip Popcorn Ceiling Remover is a specially formulated remover that penetrates through multiple paint layers and softens the texture underneath without damaging the surface. No matter the style of texture whether it has been sprayed on or hand applied EZ Strip can strip it! 

     You want to remove that textured ceiling but its been painted and using just water for the removal is not working! Now EZ strip has a dust free removal method for painted ceiling and wall textures that is so easy anyone can do it. EZ Strip Popcorn Ceiling Remover can remove multiple paint layers from a large variety of ceiling textures without damaging the drywall or other hard surfaces.

Remove these types of ceiling textures:

Spray & roll on textures, Splatter Knockdown, Orange Peel, Popcorn, Acoustic, Stipple, Cottage Cheese, Hand applied textures, Skip Trowel, Hawk and Trowel, Santa-Fe Texture, Double Skip, Swirl, Crows-foot Stomp, Rosebud Stomp, Stomp Knockdown, and More!

No matter the name, most of these textures are made with the same types of material and can be removed with EZ Strip Popcorn Ceiling Remover with the same method used in the video.

Coverage is 80 - 100 square feet per gallon depending on how many paint layers and the thickness of the texture being removed.

     If your concerned about your ceiling texture containing asbestos get it tested. You can get test kits at your local hardware store. EZ Strip Popcorn Ceiling Remover is a Low VOC skin safe removal formula that cleans up with just water making this a safe DIY friendly home improvement project!

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