Steel Brazing: Industrial Paint Stripper for Surface Preparation

Even when the appearance of the metal isn’t important, most metallurgists want to keep steel free from surface oxidation (i.e. rust). Over time, the layer of oxide can penetrate the metal’s crystalline structure, causing it to weaken on the inside until it cracks or breaks apart under stress.

There are numerous coatings that can cause steel to oxidize during the brazing process — a procedure in which two or more metal pieces are fused together using a liquified filler metal that distributes between the pieces through capillary action. Coatings that should be removed to prevent oxidation include: grease, oil, dirt, decals, cleaner residues, and paint.

If coatings are left in place, they can form a stable layer of oxide that prevents workpieces from bonding securely and having strong braze joints. Depending on what type of metal assembly what you’re creating, the situation could be dangerous. Structural assemblies for architecture, aerospace equipment, or automobiles, for example, can ill-afford to have weak braze joints.

Industrial Paint Stripping Chemicals

If you need to remove paint from steel prior to brazing, industrial paint stripping chemicals can make the job easy, but there are three considerations to make before you purchase chemicals: the type of steel you need to braze, whether the chemicals leave a residue, and whether you can use the chemicals in the required amount, as determined by law.

  1. Type of Steel

The type of steel you need to treat determines the industrial paint stripping chemicals you need. For example, in terms of the metal’s microstructure, there’s a big difference between carbon steel and stainless steel. There’s also a significant difference between grades of carbon steel and stainless steel. Your supplier should be able to identify the right chemicals for the metal.

  1. Chemical Residue

When it comes to brazing, it’s best not to use industrial paint stripping chemicals that leave a residue, as the residue can behave like a coating and oxidize during the brazing process. In the worst case scenario, the thin layer of oxide the residue produces can be removed through pickling or polishing procedures, but this would increase the cost and turnaround time for the project.

  1. Usage Volume

If you need to use a large volume of industrial paint stripping chemicals, be sure that none of them are recorded in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lists of Lists. In addition, be certain that no regulations have been placed on a chemical that would interfere with how you need to use it. A supplier of industrial paint stripping chemicals can advise you on these issues.

Who We Are

Ecolink is a industry-leading supplier of green solvent solutions that are environmentally safe and environmentally prefered. We provide a broad array of stock solutions and also create custom blends the meet the requirements of specific customers. If you need industrial paint stripping chemicals for treating steel or other substances, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

Paint Gun Cleaners: The Benefits of Using Safe Strip

Industrial paint guns disperse paint uniformly at a high rate of speed, making it possible for manufacturers to paint thousands of pieces a day. Like most other industrial equipment, paint guns need regular maintenance to keep operating smoothly. More specifically, they need to have accumulated layers of dry paint removed from interior and exterior parts. This is what Safe Strip does, while offering end users the following six benefits.

  1. Biodegradable

Used Safe Strip doesn’t have to end up buried in a chemical landfill. The solvent readily biodegrades, making it non-threatening to the environment in practically any quantity. Disposing of paint gun cleaners in a biodegradable manner helps reduce chemical waste disposal cost.

  1. Non-Flammable

Safe Strip has a flashpoint of 190° F, which classifies it as a non-flammable solvent. High-powered paint gun cleaners are traditionally some of the most flammable cleaning solutions on the market, but Safe Strip breaks the trend, and it’s safer to use and store for doing so.

  1. Low VOC Emissions

It’s always a good idea to wear a respirator when applying paint remover, but if you walk through a space where Safe Strip is used, and you aren’t wearing one, you won’t grow dizzy and pass out from a high density of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air. Safe Strip’s VOC content is 968 gm/liter, which is exceptionally low compared to most traditional paint removers.

  1. One Step Coating Removal

If you’ve ever used residential grade paint remover to remove a paint coating that’s several layers deep, you probably know the frustration of having to perform the task repeatedly to get best results. Safe Strip has the strength to remove paint build-up in one cleaning operation. The solvent is designed for the efficiency of industrial operations, and it shows.

  1. Performs similar to MEK and methylene chloride

Unlike some traditional paint gun cleaners, Safe Strip is a non-chlorinated solvent that offers efficacy at the level of chlorinated solvents such as MEK and methylene chloride. If you currently use a toxic, chlorinated solvent for cleaning paint guns, consider switching to Safe Strip.

  1. No Ozone Depletion

In addition to its biodegradability, Safe Strip is environmentally preferred because its vapors don’t deplete the ozone layer. In turn, this makes the solvent a great option for outfits that are located in low emission zones (LEZ) due ozone depletion and other chemical emission concerns.

Who We Are

For over 15 years, Ecolink has supplied companies and organizations with environmentally preferred and environmentally safe solvent solutions. In addition to providing a wide selection of stock solvents, we also offer custom formulations that are designed for the needs of specific users. If Safe Strip doesn’t meet your requirements, we can create a paint remover that does.

To learn more about our paint gun cleaners, call us today at (800) 563-1305, or send us an email using the contact form on our website. We look forward to learning about your paint removal needs and see what we can do to help.   

Looking for an Effective Electronic Circuit Board Cleaner? SAFE STRIP may be the Solution

PCB Cleaner

Why SAFE STRIP for Circuit Board Cleaning?

Recent interest in EcoLink’s SAFE STRIP product has highlighted its effectiveness at stripping conformal coatings, such as Dymax Multi-Cure® 984 LVUF and HumiSeal® 1B73, from PCB’s (printed circuit boards). These electronic circuit boards are developed for ruggedized displays to be used in multiple industries (Military, air traffic controlling, marine equipment,etc). Are you interested in cleaning electronics on FR4 grade boards, for use in LED and LCD displays? Your search is at an end! While often cited for its use in paint removal/clean-up, we are reminded of how SAFE STRIP can be a desirable and effective cleaning solvent for many applications.

If you’re already interested and would like to speak to someone, call (800) 563-1305 or email


SAFE STRIP is Potent on Conformal Coatings

Our SAFE STRIP product is potent on all types of coatings, both cured and uncured. Through a single-step removal process, SAFE STRIP eliminates residue from tougher solutions like high-solids epoxy and polyurethane resin. Usage can range from a simple wipe on, rinse off to cleaning electronics such as PCBs in a parts washer with ultrasonics. Heat may be applied, up to 140°F, for faster results.

The “SAFE” in SAFE STRIP, No More “MEK”

SAFE STRIP gains appeal when seen as an environmentally friendly cleaning solvent. Compared to its peers using Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK), SAFE STRIP has a much lower Inhalation Hazard Index in addition to the following environmental and safety features:

  • Biodegradable
  • Low VOC emissions
  • Non-flammable

SAFE STRIP is Versatile and Environmentally Friendly

SAFE STRIP is recyclable and may be vacuum distilled or decanted to clean for reuse. Having a reusable solvent not only provides more bang for your buck, but adds to its benefit as a strong performing and environmentally preferred solvent. You might also take a look at our new product, SAFE STRIP G, which is a gel formulation that can adhere to vertical and overhead surfaces for residue removal. Click the product name to learn more about SAFE STRIP and the new gel solvent SAFE STRIP G.

If SAFE STRIP Sounds Right for You, Give Us a Call 800-563-1305

If you’re interested in this product and would like a sample, you can reach us at (800) 563-1305 or email us at SAFE STRIP is also available for purchase in our shop in the following quantities:

Industrial Paint Solvents: Safer Choices Are Possible

Industrial paint solvents are used to dissolve or disperse certain components used during formulation and for removal. They aid in creating the desired application consistency and then evaporate to allow the coat to dry quickly. Industrial paint solvents deliver several benefits including increased durability, decorative coatings, and glossy indoor/outdoor application options. New application methods emerge every day thanks to technology, but many still do not deliver the same results as traditional solvent-based coatings.

Industrial paint solvents are beneficial, but also pose specific health risks in manufacturing environments. For many industries, they are simply necessary to achieve the most effective results. Choosing the right solvent has proven to be difficult because the choice entails several variables and the selection is system-dependent. If the goal is to find an effective environmentally friendly choice, it is not as simple as substituting another solvent. The process requires a detailed assessment of needs before a substitute or newly formulated solvent is possible.

What Makes Industrial Paint Solvents Dangerous?
Industrial paint solvents have a direct impact on the environment, which stems from a combination of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and environmental factors such as heat. While not every potential hazard is avoidable, you can choose an industrial paint solvent offering the same results with lower vaporization and evaporation qualities. When VOCs mix with nitrogen oxides in the environment and the right temperatures are present, they react to produce ground-level ozone, which in turn affects the environment.

Industrial paint solvents with lower or no VOCs are simply safer than traditional choices. Cleaners used to remove paints such as thinners or for surface preparation must also be safer to ensure the best results. In order for an industrial paint solvent to less harmful, it must have minimal VOC’s, not deplete the ozone, and evaporate at a slower rate to avoid extensive release into the atmosphere. Many companies are able to formulate unique solvents to meet coating needs that are less harmful for the environment.

Finding a Greener, Healthier Option
Is it possible to have a more environmentally friendly solution in place that provides the same results? Would you like to create a safer environment for your workers at an affordable cost? The answer is yes to both questions as a number of safer industrial paint solvent choices are available for use in industries like automotive, consumer products, and paint production. As your company searches for a better option, it is important to remember that there are no perfect chemicals.

The process of finding the right alternative involves selecting or formulating the least harmful choice while still achieving the removal or application goal. At Ecolink, we place every product on what we call the “hazard ladder” to provide a foundation for evaluating alternative options. Your specific application needs will be a main driver during selection or formulation. For an acceptable alternative, it will involve evaluating the application and finding an option capable of delivering the desired coat without placing abundant hazards into the air during evaporation. If current options are simply not cutting it, we can formulate an industrial paint solvent based on your needs to help you achieve the best results.