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Expert's Corner — methylene-chloride

So-Called “Green” Paint Strippers

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There are an increasing number of so-called “green” paint strippers on the market with problems you need to be aware of. These strippers are easy to identify by their packaging, which is always in plastic containers. Traditional methylene-chloride and flammable-solvent strippers are always in metal cans. The packaging tells you everything you need to know about the strength of the stripper. Strong solvents dissolve plastic. So the green strippers use weaker solvents. These strippers are still very effective, however. If given enough time, they will liquefy or loosen the bond of almost all paints and finishes. There are four things...

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