A paint remover is a substance used for stripping off paint layers from wood, concrete, glass, or natural surfaces. It is sold in buckets, spray cans, or tubs and applied using a brush or a spray applicator. It softens hardened paint, allowing it to be easily washed away with water or scraped off to reveal the original wood grain or color of the surface. It is available in semi-paste, liquid, spray, and aerosol types.
Types of Paint Removers
Kinds of Paint Removers include the following:
Semi-paste paint remover
A semi-paste paint remover is made from nonflammable materials that can strip off five to 10 paint coats in one application.
It can strip off paint from wood surfaces without removing varnish, color, or grain.
It can be easily rinsed by water.
It is ideal for stripping off multiple paint layers.
Liquid paint remover
A liquid paint remover has a thin, flowing consistency.
It is used for stripping off one or two clean paint coatings.
It is quick to dry.
It is ideal for stripping off paint from irregular or highly-detailed surfaces.
Spray paint remover
A spray paint remover is made from gel-like substances for a run-free application.
It emulsifies on the surface.
It used for removing one or two paint layers.
It is usually water-washable.
Aerosol paint remover
An aerosol paint remover disperses foamy substances that cling well even on vertical painted surfaces.
It is thicker in consistency than a spray paint remover.
It is used for stripping off three or more paint layers.
Choosing Paint Removers (Buying tips)
Washability: Choose a washable paint remover for quickly stripping off paint from irregular surfaces and large walls and ceilings.
Indoor use: When stripping paint indoors, choose an environment-friendly paint remover that does not produce noxious fumes. Compatibility: When stripping off paint form a wood, wicker, or special surface, make sure the paint remover you buy is compatible with it, as some paint removers are harsh enough to damage wood and wicker.