How to Use the Speedheater Cobra

Paint stripping doesn’t have to be tedious, messy and time consuming. With the new Speedheater™ product, the Cobra, you can strip paint, varnish, and adhesives with incredible speed from wood, cabinets, cars and more. The Cobra’s infrared heating system breaks the bonds of rock-hard adhesives like epoxy and old window putty making them soft for quick removal. It also kills mold, fungus, and algae on wood and concrete.

Not sure how to use the Speedheater™ Cobra? Watch the video below for a demonstration. The Speedheater™ Cobra works in 1-3 seconds to soften paint and varnish for easy stripping of windows, staircases, tight corners, furniture, boat details, and carved wood. The six infrared bulbs heat paint quickly. Only one heating application is needed for immediate and thorough scraping. The Cobra has an adjustable head and is a great handheld device for smaller areas weighing only 22oz. Make sure that you purchase the right scrapers as well for your project!

Each part of the Cobra is designed to keep it small, comfortable, and efficient. The six, short bulbs and compact head highly concentrate the infrared rays for fast action on the paint. The adjustable support bar angles the tool 15º-60º, reduces wrist stress, and provides a stand for safely setting or hanging the tool aside when not in use. Resting the tool comfortably in the crook of one hand and holding the ergonomic handle close to the head frees the other hand to hold the scraper. By moving the tool closer and farther from the paint, the user immediately sees the paint bubbling and controls the temperature.

Eco-Strip Announces the Availability of the Speedheater™ Cobra

Speedheater Cobra

Eco-Strip, LLC announced this week the availability of Speedheater™ System’s newest product, the Speedheater™ Cobra. Using 20-year-tested infrared technology, the Speedheater™ Cobra strips paint, varnish and adhesives. Infrared heat stripping with Speedheater™ products has been proven to be quicker, easier and safer than other paint stripping methods.

Heat guns are commonly used to strip paint. However, the blowing heat emitted from a high heat gun is not easy to control. With the Cobra, paint temperatures can be controlled simply by adjusting the distance of the tool from the paint. The Speedheater™ Cobra softens paint and varnish in as little as one to three seconds. Yet it uses 75% less energy than a heat gun.

The Speedheater™ Cobra solves a number of issues associated with other paint stripping methods. There is absolutely no downtime between stripping applications and repainting. The Speedheater™ Cobra removes paint in soft, large pieces that are easily contained. This eliminates messy paint chips and airborne dust which can contaminate surrounding areas. It does not penetrate into the wood. The Speedheater™ Cobra is safe and efficient to use on windows, staircases, tight corners, furniture, boat details and carved wood.

“The Speedheater™ Cobra is a breakthrough in paint stripping technology.” said Catherine Brooks of Eco-Strip. “No other tool matches the Cobra in efficiency, dependability or comfort. We are pleased to offer this product to both professionals and DIYers.”

The Speedheater™ Cobra is fast. Only one, very quick heating application is necessary to completely remove paint. The Cobra can also be used to remove factory-applied paint off cabinets and cars, as well as difficult to remove adhesives such as epoxy and old window putty. The Cobra kills mold, fungus and algae on both wood and concrete.

The Speedheater™ Cobra is specially designed to be small, comfortable and efficient. The tool’s six short bulbs and compact head deliver highly-concentrated infrared rays. The entire tool weighs just 22oz. and has an adjustable Support Bar which can be used to angle the tool from 15 to 60 degrees. This reduces stress on the arm and wrist during use. The Support Bar can also be used to safely store the tool.

About Eco-Strip, LLC

Eco-Strip, LLC is the exclusive US distributor of the Speedheater™ System. The company strives to provide safe and efficient paint stripping products. They offer a variety of Speedheater™ products, painting accessories and tools. Speedheater™ products are available for sale through Eco-Strip’s website. The website also provides valuable information about the use of Speedheater™ products.
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How to Paint a Room

A little paint can go a long way towards improving the look of your home. In fact, painting a room is one of the quickest and easiest ways to give it a makeover. While it’s not necessary to hire a professional, painting a room takes more than just paint and a brush. A little knowledge can help significantly improve the quality of your work.

Preparing Paneled Walls and Wood Trim

Fresh paint needs a porous surface to adhere to. If walls and wood aren’t properly prepared, new paint later can chip or peel. For the best results, existing paint should be removed. However, paint removal can be difficult if you are unsure how to do it.

Traditional paint stripping methods include the use of harsh chemicals or heat guns. These methods are time-consuming and can be hazardous if older layers of paint contain lead. If not properly removed, lead paint can release dust, fumes and chips that can be damaging to the health of you, your family, and your pets. The safest way to remove lead paint is with an infrared heat stripper like the Speedheater™. Speedheater™ gently warms both the paint and the wood so that paint can be removed quickly and easily with no fumes or dust.

If you don’t wish to completely remove old paint, you will need to scuff it up before painting over it. Dry sanding can release lead dust, so be sure to mist the paint with water before sanding it.

Once the surface is stripped and before painting, you will also need to patch up any holes in the walls and cover furniture and the floor with tarps. Remove all switch plates and outlet covers and place painters tape over the remaining sockets.

Paint Edges First

Use angled brushes to reach edges where your roller can’t. Angled brushes create nice, neat paint edges where two edges meet. Carefully applying the edging paint can save you hours on prep work and clean up. Apply a 2” -3” band of paint all around the top edge of the wall and where other colored surfaces meet it. Keep moving while painting, and always level out where the paint is too heavy. Keep a damp rag handy to clean off wet paint where you went over your straight band.

Painting Walls

After your edges are painted, wet your paint roller with water first then paint and use it to apply paint to the rest of the wall. Start by rolling a W or M shape then fill between the lines with vertical strokes. This ensures even coverage. Once the first coat is dry to the touch, you can paint again if necessary.

Eco-Strip offers safe and effective paint stripping with Speedheater™ products. Please contact us for more information.

Removing Paint From Old Windows

Removing Paint From Old Windows

Speedheater in action!

Did you know that the Speedheater™ Infrared System is the best way to remove paint from old window frames? Our specialized window tools kit makes it possible to restore old windows without breaking the glass! By combining our specialized tools with the evenly distributed infrared heat from Speedheater, it’s incredibly easy to soften and remove both paint and glazing putty from your older windows.

The Challenge With Older Windows

The challenge with older windows is that too often, their original putty seals have hardened, cracked, and even disappeared. Additionally, the paint remaining on the window frames is peeling and messy. So how do you restore older windows to their former beauty? Strip it all away and put on fresh putty and paint.  Doing this task for dozens of windows in an older home can be daunting, but the Speedheater™ makes it go faster.

DIYers Become Pros

Traditionally, the rock hard putty that remains is chiseled off the fragile wood around the frame. No matter how careful and skilled someone is, the pressure needed to chip off the glazing can gouge the fragile wood and break the glass. More experienced window restorers use high heat guns and take great pride in keeping glass breakage to a miminum. The great thing about our Speedheater™ system is that with Speedheater’s infrared rays and customized window tools, even DIYers become pros at this delicate job.

The Speedheater™ Tools

How do our tools work on old windows? Use the Speedheater™ to soften the putty. Since the heat is low and evenly distributed, there is little risk of breaking the glass. Once the putty is softened, the Chisel Tool can be used with minimal pressure to smoothly strip away the putty. Next, our Putty Scraper is used to easily remove the remaining, softened putty from the glass surfaces and corners, thanks to its slanted and bevel-edged end. The glass can now be taken out gently without breaking. Using the bent end of the Putty Scraper, the bed under the glass can be thoroughly cleaned out. Finally, the Boomerang Scraper can be used to remove paint from the frame, after 60 seconds of heating the paint with the Speedheater™.

Now you’re ready to apply new glazing, new paint, and new weatherstripping, making your old windows new again!

Childhood Lead Exposure Can Have Lasting Effects In Adults

The Effects of Lead Exposure

Image Courtesy of EPA

Lead exposure has been proven to affect a child’s test scores, memory, learning ability and fine motor skills. Lead exposure has also been linked to behavioral issues in children such as hyperactivity and aggression.  In adults, chronic lead exposure can cause high blood pressure, joint pain as well as memory and concentration issues.

While scientists have already established that lead exposure during childhood harms the developing brain and nervous system, recent studies indicate that it could have long-lasting effects on adult brain function and social mobility. Neurological impacts can occur even with very low blood levels. Another lesser known fact is that lead poisoning can also cause sexual dysfunction in adults.

Where is Lead Found?

Lead is commonly found in old, peeling paint, contaminated soil and water that has passed through lead pipes. Millions of homes across the U.S. still contain lead paint. This paint continues to be the main source of lead exposure.

Safe, Easy Removal of Lead Paint

Many new architects don’t know how to handle historic restorations or about the potential hazards of lead poisoning. Older paint must be removed in such a way that it does not release toxic lead dust or fumes into the air.

Old lead paint is most dangerous when it is peeling, chipping or flaking. In older homes that have recently been painted, lead paint is probably hiding under one or more layers of paint. Simply painting over it does not protect you from danger. The older paint will still peel, causing all layers above it to peel and flake as well.

Many traditional methods of paint removal leave lead dust or chips in and around buildings. Dry sanding, scraping and using heat guns to remove paint release lead dust, fumes and chips into the environment. The safest way to remove lead paint is with Speedheater™ Infrared Paint Remover. Speedheater™ uses infrared rays to warm paint and wood for easy stripping. This method does not create fumes or dust. Pieces are removed in large sections, making cleanup a breeze!

For more information about safe removal of lead paint, please contact Eco-Strip.

Window Restoration Using Speedheater™ And Window Tools

Are You Frustrated With Your Old Windows But Afraid To Fix Them? 
Your old windows are drafty, but you already know that. Over the course of time, the original putty seals have cracked due to temperature fluctuations and in some cases even disappeared this creating a draft that can drive up your heating and cooling bill. To compound matters, the paint on your windows are badly weathered and peeling which is an eye sore. So what is a homeowner to do?  It is time to restore your old windows and give them a makeover.
Window Restoration Tool
Accomplishing this task for dozens of windows can be daunting task, but using the Speedheater™ and it’s toolkit makes it go cleaner and faster.  No other tool or method removes paint as effectively. No matter how careful and skilled someone is, the pressure needed to chip off the glazing can gouge the fragile wood and break the glass. The more experienced window restorers use heat guns and pride themselves in keeping those glass breakage. Our Speedheater™’s infrared rays and window tools help even DIYers become pros at this delicate job.
Speedheater Boomerang Scraper
Using low heat, the Speedheater™ infrared rays soften the window’s hardened putty with little risk of breaking the glass.  Using minimal pressure, our Chisel smoothly strips the putty away as it rolls evenly down the wood.
Window Restoration Putty Scraper
The Speedheater™  putty scraper’s slanted and bevel-edged end easily removes the remaining, softened putty from the glass surfaces and corners. The glass can now be taken out gently without breaking. Next, the bent end of the Putty Scraper thoroughly cleans out the bed under the glass.
By applying new glazing material into the bed and around and over the glass pane, a tight seal is created.  Add good paint and some permanent weatherstripping and your drafts are history! Now, we’re talking energy-efficiency.
Speedheater™  tools and scrapers
The Speedheater™  tools and scrapers are developed to be used with a Speedheater™ to effectively remove paint without damaging the wood. The blades are easy to re-sharpen and will last much longer than ordinary scrapers and blades. Our window tools are unique and anyone can achieve professional results when doing a window restoration.

How to Safely Remove Varnish From Your Boat

Remove Varnish From BoatsBoats take a lot of work to keep in good condition. Over time, varnish on boats can begin to warp and wear away. When this happens, the varnish needs to be properly removed so that a fresh coat can be applied. When it comes to replacing varnish, it’s important to keep in mind that the better the preparation, the better the end result.

Boat varnish experiences accelerated wear and tear

Varnish is used for the preservation and protection of wood. Varnish on boats is more subject to damage from environmental factors such as oxidation and water penetration. Oxidation causes varnish to become brittle and more prone to cracking and crazing. Water penetration causes cracking and de-lamination. When varnish is allowed to stay constantly wet, it blisters and separates from wood.

There are many methods of removing varnish

There are several methods of removing varnish including sanding, scraping, chemical stripping, traditional heat stripping and infrared heat stripping. Sanding and scraping is time consuming, messy and can damage wood. Chemical strippers should only be used as a last resort. This is by far the messiest and most potentially hazardous method of varnish removal.

One popular method for removing varnish includes the use of a heat gun and hook scraper. The biggest problem with this method is that the high heat can easily burn wood and cause varnish to vaporize, releasing dangerous and toxic fumes. The unique design and lower operating temperature of infrared heat paint strippers makes them the ideal choice for stripping paint and varnish from boats.

Speedheater™ Infrared Paint Remover is the best method for safe and easy varnish removal

Speedheater™ is able to effectively soften all layers of varnish in less than thirty seconds. Since Speedheater™ works at such a low temperature, it is much safer for use on wood. The convex blades that come with the Speedheater™ system make it easy to use on the rounded shape of most boats.

Speedheater™ is the safer, cleaner and gentler solution for stripping varnish from boats. Speedheater™ products reduce the risk of fire, toxic fumes, toxic chemicals, lead exposure and damage to wood. After use, waste can quickly and easily be collected and disposed of.

For more information about Speedheater™ products, please contact Eco-Strip today.

Benefits of Speedheater Infrared Paint Remover

The Only Way To Remove Paint And Varnish

Speedheater is silent, saves time, is inexpensive to operate, and is gentle on the environment. Some of Speedheater’s benefits are outlined below.

  • No environmentally hazardous chemicals
  • Energy Efficient / Low operating temperature
  • Speedheater is silent
  • Gentle on wood
  • No messy dust to clean up
  • Prevents plumbic gasses from being released
  • Easy clean up
  • Paint immediately after paint removal
  • Neutralizes mildew and fungus
  • Low set-up cost
  • Softens paint and putty immediately
  • Fastest paint removal method
  • Scrape and heat at the same time
  • No other paint removal method is able to achieve clean bare wood after paint stripping.

Speedheater System was formed in 1985 with contract work on house exterior renovation as its primary activity. Since 1991, the company has worked on developing, manufacturing and selling technology for the removal of paint from wooden surfaces using infrared heat.

Speedheater System’s business concept is to provide the market, for both building professionals and “do-it-yourselves”, with products and expertise on paint stripping that are cost effective, easy to implement and environmentally friendly and which produce high-quality results. Many years of experience have given the company unique insights into the area, insights that have been turned into new products.

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How to Strip Paint Down to the Bare Wood

In other posts, we’ve highlighted the pros and cons of several paint stripping methods and have talked about the benefits of using infrared heat to strip wood of paint. But how do you do it and how does paint stripping work exactly?

First, it’s necessary to understand the aging of paint. The top layer of paint is usually held responsible for peeling, when in reality it is the first (bottom) layer that no longer has sufficient adhesion. Paint ages, and over time a thick layer of additional coats of paint build up on the surface, which actually reduces adhesion.

Paint StrippingBy stripping paint to the bare wood, painting can begin again from scratch by using a deep-penetrating primer and undercoating that offers good adhesion. The result is more attractive as wooden details are more clearly visible, and is a higher quality solution.

As for the mechanics, let’s look at the Speedheater™ method which is based on paint removal using Infrared Technology:

  • Moisture is drawn out of the wood as well as the paint resin, creating a porous substrate and a tooth for the primer to grip onto. This extends the life of the paint layer.
  • Infrared rays open the grain of the wood much more effectively than any other paint removal method without damaging the wood.
  • If you’re repainting, do it as soon as possible – preferably the same day – as the moisture level in the wood will normally be as low as 8-10 percent. Ideally, you should use a moisture meter.

The Speedheater™ Infrared Paint Remover is a silent and labor-saving device for use in removing paint from exterior and interior wooden surfaces. The tool is also ideal for window restoration, as it softens paint and putty simultaneously. The Speedheater™ method, with unique safety, cost-effective, wood-friendly and environmentally sound paint removal benefits, is designed for use by both professionals and homeowners alike.


Know the Risk: Paint Stripping Hazards and Safer Solutions

Risks of Chemical Paint StrippersLayers of paint often crack and flake. Bottom layers of paint often contain substances that are harmful to our health.  However, removing old paint can be extremely difficult and paint stripping can be extremely dangerous if not done properly. That is why Eco-Strip is proud to offer a safer option.

The Dangers of Paint Stripping Chemicals

Paint strippers contain chemicals that help remove paint and varnish from surfaces. These harsh chemicals pose a significant risk to the health and safety of those using them. In addition to skin and eye irritation, paint stripper chemicals can cause headaches, drowsiness, nausea, dizziness and loss of coordination. Some of the chemicals used have also been linked cancer, reproductive problems and damage to the kidney, liver and brain. Some paint stripping chemicals are extremely flammable. Paint stripping hazards vary depending on the paint stripping product used. This is because different types of paint strippers contain different chemicals.

Lead Paint Removal

Lead-based paint was commonly used before 1978 both inside and outside of homes. Removing or disturbing old paint can expose you or your family to lead. If old paint is not handled properly, lead dust and paint chips can remain in the home years after renovations have been completed. Although children are highly at risk, lead poisoning is dangerous for adults as well.

Paint strippers that contain methylene chloride are both toxic and dangerous. When this common paint stripper chemical comes in contact with lead paint, it creates hazardous lead fumes. Choosing a safer paint removal process can significantly reduce the risk of lead exposure. Removal of lead-based paint using any method should be done using lead safe work practices for worker protection and following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for proper containment and disposal of paint waste.

Speedheater™ – The Better Solution

Many people still believe that chemical paint strippers are the best products for paint removal when you don’t want to damage the underlying wood. Fortunately, there is a better and safer option. Speedheater™ uses special infrared rays to gently warm the paint and wood for quick and easy paint removal. With Speedheater™, absolutely no lead fumes are created, and clean-up is a breeze. Infrared heat stripping is safer and cleaner than any other paint removal technique.

Speedheater™ is better for wood as well. The unique technology effectively opens the grain of the wood without damaging it. This process brings the natural wood resin to the surface of the wood, revitalizing it. Speedheater™ products can be used both inside and outside buildings by professionals and homeowners alike.

For more information about Speedheater™ products, please contact Eco-Strip today.