Lead Paint Removal: Safe Practices and Industrial Solutions  

Lead-based paint has been a topic of discussion for many years due to its negative effect on human health. These effects on human health can comprise both: the body and mind. As a result, companies have been making it more of a priority to remove lead-based paint. This blog post will focus on how lead affects human health and how.  

Health Concerns of Lead Paint  

Lead is a dangerous substance for humans. People can be exposed to lead when they inhale lead dust or swallow items containing lead. Adults exposed to the dangerous substance can suffer from various health problems:  

  • High blood pressure  
  • Kidney damage  
  • Fertility problems  
  • Headaches  
  • Dizziness  
  • Fatigue  
  • Memory loss  
  • Decreased motor skills  

Children are not safe from the chemical’s harmful effects. Children who contract lead poisoning can showcase permanent problems related to various aspects of their lives:  

  • Health  
  • Learning  
  • Behavior  

Safe Practices  

There are several safety procedures you should follow when working to remove lead-based paint.   

One major step when removing the paint is to control the lead dust created in the workspace. Dampening the area can assist you in accomplishing this feat. If you are working in an interior room, do not forget to turn off forced-air heating and air conditioning to prevent the dust particles from traveling to other rooms. While controlling the lead particles is an essential and brilliant start, protecting yourself is just as vital. Wearing correct personal protective equipment is also essential when dealing with dangerous chemicals. Remember to clean your area thoroughly after the paint removal to ensure no lead is left behind.  

Industrial Solutions  

A great solution to removing lead-based paint is using industrial or commercial paint strippers. While there is a wide variety of paint strippers on the market, remember to avoid using products that contain methylene chloride. Methylene chloride, or dichloromethane, is considered an unnecessary risk by the EPA due to its effect on human health. Ecolink has multiple paint strippers in our shop that you should consider for your lead paint removal.   

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Methylene Chloride Banned: Understanding the Impact on Industry

The usage of methylene chloride, or dichloromethane (DCM) in products is becoming a fairly popular topic in the industrial world. The EPA proposed a new rule regarding dichloromethane under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in May 2023. EPA’s rule (when finalized) would prohibit most industrial uses of DCM. The EPA has determined methylene chloride to be an unreasonable risk and a hazard to human health. In this blog, we will explain the dangers of DCM and suggest a solution that can be a replacement.  

Health Hazards of Methylene Chloride   

Dichloromethane, or CH2Cl2, is a colorless liquid utilized in many industries that can cause various health problems:  

  • Drowsiness   
  • Numbness   
  • Nausea   
  • Dizziness   
  • Tingling limbs   
  • Harmed eyes  
  • Damaged skin,  
  • Damaged liver  
  • Harmed heart   
  • Cancer   

Safe Strip   

If you need a paint and coating remover that is more environmentally friendly, Safe Strip is the product for you!   

Safe Strip effectively replaces hazardous solvents typically used for paint removal and paint cleanup, such as methylene chloride and more. This remover has a lower Inhalation Hazard Index than Meth, so it is safer to utilize in industrial and commercial settings. Other benefits of Safe Strip include the following:   

  • Biodegradable   
  • Non-flammable   
  • Non-ozone depleting   
  • Effective on a wide variety of cured and uncured coatings   
  • One-step coatings removal   
  • Low VOC emissions in use   

The chemical formula may be used in an immersion tank or as a brush-on and rinse-off solvent.   

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Non-Methylene Chloride Paint Remover: Safe and Effective Stripping  

Methylene chloride was once one of the main components in most paint removers. However, ever since November 2019, a ban was put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The ban prohibited the manufacturing and importing of all methylene chloride paint strippers. This blog post will discuss the benefits of a non-methylene chloride paint remover.   

What are the benefits to a non methylene chloride paint remover?  

The main benefit of a non-methylene chloride paint remover is that it will not have hazardous effects on human health. Methylene chloride is a major health risk; even in small amounts. The main side effects that come along with exposure to methylene chloride are:  

  • Drowsiness  
  • Dizziness  
  • Numb/Tingly Limbs  
  • Nausea  
  • Cancer  
  • Loss of Consciousness  
  • Death  

What are the better options?  

Better options for paint removers that do not contain methylene chloride are:  

  • Acetone  
  • Glycol Ether  
  • Triethyl Phosphate  
  • Benzyl Alcohol  
  • Formic Acid  
  • N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone (NMP)  

Although these chemicals do have their hazards; most of them do not cause much harm as methylene chloride can. These chemicals are not perfectly safe, but they are the safer options.   

One example of a non-methylene chloride paint remover that has results comparable to those made from methylene chloride is sold by us here at Ecolink. This product is called SAFE STRIP.   

SAFE STRIP is an environmentally friendly paint solvent made mostly from NMP. NMP is known to cause reproductive harm in California; however, that is one of the only harms this chemical can cause. You can use SAFE STRIP like any other paint remover and effectively replace products containing methylene chloride and other chemicals. This product comes with several benefits: 

  • Biodegradable  
  • Non-flammable  
  • Low VOC emissions  
  • One-step coating removal  
  • A performance like MEK and methylene chloride  
  • Non-ozone depleting

Looking for more alternatives to methylene chloride?  

Ecolink is here to help your industry with this and more! We offer multiple safer alternatives to most hazardous solvents and cleaning products. These alternatives have been supplied to industries like yours for over thirty years and are of high quality. If you would like to browse through our products, then click here! If you need any help finding more information about one of our products, you can contact one of our expert chemists here. Our chemists will help answer any questions that you may have today! 

Methylene Chloride Replacement: Safer Alternatives and Solutions  

Methylene chloride is a harmful and colorless liquid known to do serious- harm. It has multiple uses but also possesses a strong solvency power. And though it is beneficial for this, there are much safer alternatives you can utilize. This blog will discuss how to choose a safer methylene chloride replacement.  

What are the harmful effects of methylene chloride?  

Methylene chloride is used in various industries often, such as paint cleaning and manufacturing. However, there is a multitude of side effects that come with exposure to methylene chloride:  

  • Drowsiness  
  • Dizziness  
  • Numb/Tingly Limbs  
  • Nausea  
  • Risk of cancer  
  • Loss of Consciousness  
  • Death  

The effects of methylene chloride depend on several factors. Two factors are the dosage and what the product is for.   

Some of the applications for methylene chloride that do workers the most harm include:  

  • Bathtub refinishing  
  • Paint stripping  
  • Metal cleaning and degreasing  
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing  

What is a good methylene chloride replacement?  

Here at Ecolink, we offer one of the best methylene chloride replacements on the market in our product SAFE STRIP 

SAFE STRIP is a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative paint and resin solvent. This product is a great replacement for methylene chloride and other harmful solvents. It also has a lower Inhalation Hazard Index than both Meth and MEK.  

SAFE STRIP also has a variety of applications. It is an effective dissolvent for all coatings, such as epoxy and polyurethane resins. This product can also be brought to a temperature of 140 F and used multiple times.   

The benefits of using SAFE STRIP as a replacement are:  

  • Biodegradable  
  • Non-flammable  
  • Low VOC emissions  
  • One-step coating removal  
  • Performance equivalent to MEK and methylene chloride   
  • Non-zone depleting  

Looking for more methylene chloride replacement options?  

We here at Ecolink strive to offer our customers safe and eco-conscious cleaning product options. We have been dedicated to supplying industries like yours for over three decades and provide more than chemical solutions. If you would like to browse through our products, you can do so here. If you would prefer to speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff, we can be found here. Please do not hesitate to contact us today; we are just a click away from helping your industry thrive! 

Resin Remover Solvent: Effective Industrial Cleaning Agent  

There are many ways that resins are applied industrially. Resin is a substance that is either: in a highly viscous fluid or a hard-polymer state once it has gone through a curing process. This material comes from both plants and laboratories. In this blog, we will discuss how an industrial resin remover solvent is beneficial for resin industrial applications.  

What industries often use or manufacture resin?  

Resin has many applications: from being used as a component of safety helmets to being used in paints or coatings. There are also multiple industries that use both natural and synthetic resins within their processing and packaging:  

  • Food & Beverage   
  • Pharmaceutical   
  • Automotive   
  • Electronics   
  • Construction   
  • Agricultural   

What are some examples of resin remover solvents?  

We here at Ecolink offer a variety of safer and environmentally friendly resin removers. Two solvent removers that we offer are Tertiary Butyl Acetate and QED – Quick drying wipe solvent.   

Tertiary Butyl Acetate (TBAc) is a solvent known to have high solvency for different substances such as nitrocellulose and urethane resins. It is a great substitute for less safe solvents such as toluene and hydrocarbons. TBAc has similar solvency to MEK and toluene, among other chemicals. This solvent is also less harsh than others and can be used with delicate equipment such as electronics.   

OED-Quick drying wipe solvent is also a strong solvent that can be used to clean grease and organic resins on different surfaces including those made of plastic or rubber. This solvent comes with several benefits:  

  • Odorless  
  • Contains no water  
  • Rapid evaporation  
  • No residue  
  • High dielectric strength  
  • No OSHA or ACGIH listed ingredients  

Looking for more resin removal products?  

At EcoLink our goal is to provide our customers with safe, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly products. We offer a multitude of different cleaning products like the ones discussed above. If you would like to browse through our selection, then click here! If you do not know exactly what you are looking for, then click here to discuss with one of our expert chemists what product would work best for you! Do not hesitate to reach out today!