About Paint & Varnish Removal

Work Site & Setup

The single most important consideration in selecting a work site is the availability of fresh air. The best location is outdoors, preferably in a shaded area, a carport or under some type of cover to shield the work from the sun. The sun unduly speeds up the evaporation of the remover. A garage with windows and doors on two sides to create adequate cross ventilation also can be used. Avoid working indoors if at all possible.

If you must work indoors, open all windows and, if possible, all doors to achieve a strong flow of fresh air through the work area. It is advisable to use forced ventilation (fan) to improve the flow of fresh air. Because some removers are flammable use only nonflammable removers indoors. The product label is the key. It will advise you on flammability and proper ventilation.

Do not allow children to play in the work area to avoid exposure to paint removing chemicals.

Some physical symptoms that indicate overexposure are eye irritation, dizziness, light-headedness and/or headache. As soon as you experience any of these, take a break and get some fresh air. Do not resume the project until you have increased the ventilation through the work area. For your comfort and safety, take fresh-air breaks frequently and leave the work site whenever you are not actually applying or removing stripper.

When setting up your work area, it is a good idea to elevate the work by using saw horses or some equally sturdy support. This accomplishes three things: first, by having the work slightly above waist level, you will reduce the chance of getting a backache that often comes from prolonged bending: second, for best results, the work should not touch the floor: third, The solvent vapors are heavier than air and sink towards the floor level.

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