Check that the substrate is resistant to high alkalinity. Composite materials, bound with natural glues or adhesives will be adversely affected and should be avoided. Hardwood timbers may darken when in contact with high alkalinity, which may be prohibitive when the natural wood appearance is to be revealed.
All applications of paint removers require the use of a test patch to determine the effectiveness of the stripper, what is the optimum thickness and residence time for the product to be applied at and whether there will be any detrimental effect to the substrate.
- Preparation of surrounding areas should include taping over the polythene sheeting and protecting all surrounding structures and floor-coverings.
- Apply using a straight edged trowel, spatula, or the spatula provided.
- Ensure a consistent layer of about 3 to 6mm is consistently achived on all areas.
- Irregular surfaces will require the use of a synthetic brush to force the paste into crevices and grooves.
- When all areas are covered, apply the blanket cover to the paste with the plastic coated side facing out and ensuing all trapped air is gently removed from beneath the paper.
- After 24 hours removal of the stripping compound can proceed by slowly peeling back the paper at the same time as using a trowel to lever the paste away from the surface to reveal the bare substrate.
- Collect all paste residues into sealed containers and mark up as corrosive waste.
- The surface should be thoroughly washed down with hosed or running water and a scrubbing brush / sponge to remove any loose flakes and residual alkalinity.