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.