Nu EcoSafe Strip – Architectural Paint Stripper

Water-Based Non-toxic Paint Remover Suitable for Architectural Coatings

Nu EcoSafe Strip Architectural Paint Stripper is a brushable water-based paint remover that is biodegradable, non-toxic, user-friendly and environmentally safe. It is extremely effective in removing architectural coatings.

Nu EcoSafe Strip Architectural Paint Stripper has proven it will effectively lift:

  • Thin film urethanes
  • Thin film latex and laquers
  • Alkyd paints and varnish
  • Elastomeric coatings

Will remove these coating from all types of substrates including:

  • Vinyl floor coverings
  • Wood
  • Aluminium
  • Metal alloys
  • Concrete
  • Masonry

Nu EcoSafe Strip Architectural Paint Stripper is effective at the following projects:

  • Interiors of buildings and homes
  • General paint removal
  • D.I.Y markets for paint removal
  • Safe on vinyl composite tile (VCT)
  • Hospitals
  • Institutional flooring
  • Coating and sealant stripping.

Nu EcoSafe Strip Architectural Stripper has the following qualities:

  • Water-based
  • Fully biodegradable
  • Non-flammable
  • Contains no TAPs or HAPs (Toxic/Hazardous Air Pollutants)
  • Non-carcinogenic
  • Easy clean up with running water
  • Low VOCs
  • Non ozone depleting
  • Not regulated by authorities for transportation/storage
  • Not regulated by authorities for worker health and safety
  • Low odour
  • Will not burn skin

Additional Benefits that contribute to Cost effectiveness:

  • Requires much less chemical to achieve desired results
  • Reduces man-hours and effort required to complete a project
  • Reduces cost of waste disposal
  • Reduces down time since other work at site can continue while stripper does its job
  • Lowers insurance costs for storage hazards.

Applications & Features

Equipment & Tools

This product is engineered for spray or brush application.

Airless sprayers are recommended. Use only airless equipment with chemical resistant packing, that has an output of 2 L/min and can produce a pressure of 2500 psi. A typical medium size airless sprayer is capable of spraying this product. Equip the sprayer with a tip size of 0.019 inches or larger. (Example: a 519 or 425 tip).

Other equipment: brushes, rollers, scraper, masking tape, plastic (polyethylene) sheet, pressure washer, electric drill with mixer, empty pails for clean-up, running water, rags. Roller application should be used only for horizontal surfaces.

Preparation

(a) Masking

Cover/protect areas where stripping is not desired, including adjoining surfaces where overspray may travel. Polyethene sheets make a very effective barrier. If using masking tape, apply two layers of tape and remove the top layer immediately after application as the remover may soak through the tape, damaging paint under it. Plants should be covered or washed thoroughly with water before and during application.

(b) Mixing

Never shake Nu-EcoSafe-Strip Architectural Paint Stripper. Shaking will cause product to separate. Using a drill mixer, mix product until it is uniform in colour and is creamy in consistency, (About 1 minute per 4 litre).

(c) Equipment

Remove all filters from the pump, sprayer and gun. Prime the pump and run stripper through the hose and gun until all previous water/solvent/paint residue has been cleaned out.

Test Patch

Conduct a small test patch in an inconspicuous area to ensure product performance. This will indicate the time required for project completion, suitability of product for paint and substrate, and most effective removal method.

Application Guidelines

Application Procedure

Apply a thick, even layer of stripper onto the coating being removed. An airless sprayer is the most effective means for application. Always start the sprayer pump at the lowest pressure setting and slowly build up the pressure until an adequate fan pattern has been generated. High pressure and narrow tip sizes will break the stripper's emulsion and will destroy its effectiveness.

The stripper must be applied 1.5 to 2 times the thickness of the coating being removed, i.e 20 mils of coating requires 30-40 mils of stripper to be removed effectively. When trying to build up films thicker than 30 mils (600 microns), or when trying to apply the stripper on a glossy or greasy vertical surface, it is advisable to build the stripper film in two separate applications.

First apply a light coat of approximately 15 mils (300 microns), thick enough to hide the surface colour of coating and allow it to dwell for 5 to 30 minutes and then build the rest of the stripper film thickness in a second application.

Once applied, leave the stripper alone, as agitation slows down penetration. If using a brush, make sure the underlying surface is completely covered with Nu EcoSafe Strip Architectural Paint Stripper.

First Applications

For removal of thin film urethanes Nu EcoSafe Strip can be applied with a mop, roller or a squeegee. Dwell time is between 30 to 60 minutes. Janitorial floor machines can be used for agitation and removal of coating and stripper residue. A generous water rinse will complete the removal process.

Re-Application

If poor adhesion exists between paint layers, the remover may lift the coating between weak layers. If this happens, remove the lifted layers with a dry scraper and re-apply Nu EcoSafe Strip. Do not rinse with water between applications. While the removal process is taking place, do not allow the stripper to dry on the surface. If it starts to dry, reapply the stripper.

Dwell Time

The time required for penetration varies according to the type of paint, the thickness of the paint, and the temperature. Most paint systems require between 2 to 36 hours. Nu EcoSafe Strip Architectural Paint Stripper can be left overnight, but do not allow it to dry out. If you are trying to remove wax, the process should not take longer than 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Coverage

Coverage is approximately 1 to 2.2 sq.m./L depending on substrate and coating to be removed.

Optimum Temperature

Above 13°C if working in cooler temperatures expect longer dwell time. Keep from freeezing.

Removal & Clean Up

Removal of residue can be completed by scraper, squeege, mop, wet/dry vacuum system or by high pressure washer. Be careful if using a high pressure washer on porous surfaces as it may damage the surface. A floor cleaning machine can also be used by going back and forth over the floor with the buffer function and then using the vacuum function to suck up the residue. For wood projects, remove lifted paint with a scraper first, then lightly rub with an abrasive nylon open web hand pad (i.e. Scotch- Brite™) to remove remaining paint from the wood grain. Collect lifted paint and place it in plastic containers, Add Nu Ecosafe Strip Ecozorb to absorb the remaining liquids and dispose of in accordance with local government regulations.

Safety Precautions

Proper safety procedures should be followed at all times while handling the product.

Refer to the Material Safety Data Sheet for important health and safety information before use.

Important Note

The information given in this data sheet is based on many years experience and is correct to the best of our knowledge. However as the use of our product is beyond our control we can only be responsible for the quality of our product at the time of dispatch. For additional information about specifications or application please contact our company. As this information is of a general nature we cannot assume responsibility for individual use.