Thursday, November 16, 2017

Environmental Impact: What Effect Does Paint Stripping & Refinishing Chemicals Have On Our Ozone?

No matter if your stripping paint for home improvement, have a refinishing hobby, own and operate a professional refinishing business, or provide a professional coating stripping service the chemicals involved can be hazardous and cause significant impact on the environment. Replacing solvent-based paint strippers with non-hazardous alternatives can reduce your environmental impact and reduce hazardous waste generated during your stripping project.

Many paint strippers are solvent-based, and contain chemicals that are dangerous to humans. Some are flammable, and most can cause water and air pollution if not handled properly. Toxic chemicals in paint strippers may include Methylene chloride (also called dichloromethane, or DCM), methyl ethyl ketone (or 2-Butanone), acetone, toluene, methanol, N-methyl pyrrolidone (NMP), or xylene. These chemicals contain high levels of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Paint products being stripped also contain VOCs. VOCs react with oxygen and cause damage to the ozone layer. The damage is thought to be a contributory factor to global warming as part of the greenhouse effect. 

The ozone layer, which has been recovering slowly since the Montreal Protocol (1987) banned CFC gases, is again threatened, this time by chemical compounds used in paint strippers. Levels of Methylene chloride (DCM) are rapidly increasing in the stratosphere, threatening to delay the return to normal of the ozone layer alerts the study published in Nature Communications. Source - Although “modest at present, the impact of DCM on the ozone has grown significantly in recent years,” writes the team of American and British researchers. “Continued growth would offset some of the gains made by the Montreal Protocol,” they add.

The ozone layer forms a gaseous shield, between 10 and 50 km altitude, protecting the Earth from ultraviolet rays. A new study attempts to evaluate the damage caused by solvents for paints and varnishes. According to this research, the level of DCM in the stratosphere has almost doubled since 2004. If this growth were to continue, it could delay the recovery of ozone over Antarctica by more than a decade – where the “hole” was most alarming.

“We must act now to stop the emanations of DCM into the atmosphere if we want to avoid ruining 30 years of exemplary scientific and political action that has undoubtedly saved many lives,” said Grant Allen, an atmospheric physicist at the University of Manchester, in a commentary. Working on a restoration or refinishing project doesn’t need to mean poisoning yourself and the environment. Safer alternatives for stripping surfaces are available but some caution is required. You can find a lot of alternative choice strippers that claim they are safer than traditional chemical strippers and that is true. But the problem is they still pose health and environmental risks. 

EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Stripper is different from the other "safe alternatives" out there. The main active ingredient in EZ Strip strippers is Dibasic esters (DBEs). They do not absorb through skin and have low VOC properties. Instead of a chemical reaction that releases harmful vapors from the coating being stripped it simply breaks the bond between coating and surface so the paint or varnish can be removed easily without the release of VOCs. DBEs are water soluble and biodegradable which also reduce environmental impact. 

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Indoor Hobbies During The Cold Season: Safe Furniture Refinishing


When you hear furniture refinishing most people think you have to be outside, covered in safety equipment, have a lot of previous knowledge, and be really brave to touch that paint stripper or sand surfaces for hours. For most paint strippers that is true! But there is one company that totally changes the game on refinishing. Everything from the safety level, to clean up, to the way you strip furniture and other hard surfaces! EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Stripper is a skin safe low VOC stripper that cleans up with just water. You can use it indoors with just a few tools and no more "babysitting" the stripper! So lets get the facts straight on what is sitting on the shelf when you go to buy a paint of varnish stripper.

The Traditional Stripper 

The traditional stripper reacts in a few ways its important to take note of so you truly appreciate the difference. Traditional chemical strippers contain methylene chloride are very toxic and should only be used outdoors with chemical resistant gloves, your skin completely covered, eye protection, and the fumes either blowing away from you or use a supplied air respirator. These strippers when breathed in or absorb by the skin can cause severe burns, cancer, or cut the flow of oxygen from the brain resulting in death. They also chemically react with the coating being stripped so even the VOCs from the coating are being released into the air. With a rapid evaporation rate you have to constantly reapply working in small sections or "baby sit" so you don't damage the surface. Clean up is difficult to as the material removed has to be specially dispose of and surface needs to be treated with a second neutralizing product.


You can find a lot of alternative choice strippers that claim they are safer than traditional strippers and that is true. But the problem is they still pose health risks people are not aware of. These strippers can be as dangerous in the fact they give you a false sense of safety so you don't use protective equipment and expose yourself to chemicals that can still cause harm. They use names that sound safe like back to nature or use terms that sound scientific like patented enviro science. But the truth is back to nature, soy & citrus based strippers contain NMP a reproductive toxin currently being investigated by the EPA as hazardous chemical for consumer use. Enviro science is a fancy word for Acetone a flammable chemical that can be breath in and absorbed through the skin with a health hazard rating of 2 (the same as methylene chloride).

How Is EZ Strip Different?

EZ Strip Paint & Varnish Stripper is different from the other "safe alternatives" out there. First safety, the main active ingredient in EZ Strip strippers is DBEs or Dibasic esters. They can be a mild skin irritant if you have sensitive skin but do not absorb through skin. Note always protect your eyes from splashes with any remover. DBEs have low VOC properties about the same as a low VOC interior paint so indoor use is truly a safe option. Next effectiveness or performance, NO babysitting needed. Now you can treat the whole surface and walk away! Set times do vary and are longer then traditional strippers but you don't have to stand over your project because the way EZ Strip works is different. Instead of a chemical reaction that releases the coatings vapors it simply breaks the bond between coating and surface so the paint or varnish can be removed easily. Clean up is now easy too, your removed material is safe to go in your regular garbage. DBEs are water soluble and biodegradable so you can rinse your tools right in the sink. Surfaces just need to be wiped down with a damp rag to finish no second product needed.    

How To Remove with EZ Strip

See EZ Strip in action with indoor removal methods and easy clean up. With transparent labeling, easy instructions, and low costs when compared to other alternative strippers EZ Strip gives you a fun, safe refinishing hobby for the cold season! Its also a great excuse to go antiquing for that really special piece of furniture you can breath new life into. 

Refinish Antiques 

Refinish Stairs

Refinish Stained Wood

Refinish Window Sills & Floors

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