Many companies and individuals rely on paint remover chemicals to strip paints/coatings and simultaneously clean a surface. For example, aircraft cleaners and inspectors utilize these chemicals to clean the outside of an aircraft and inspect for any cracks under the surface. Paint-removing solvents generally work by penetrating the paint layers and causing them to swell, reducing the paint’s adhesion to the surface.
Paint removers have a reputation for their aggressiveness and toxicity, but fortunately, new products are being formulated that are eco-friendly, safer for workers, and do not compromise quality. To emphasize the benefits of Safe Strip, an eco-friendly paint remover chemical, we will analyze its characteristics and compare it to a traditional outdated solvent, BioSafe 1025.
BioSafe 1025 was a solvent used by many companies for resin and coating removal but was eventually discontinued, presumably because the product was associated with numerous health risks, such as:
- Severe eye irritation
- Skin irritation
- Respiratory irritation
- Reproductive toxicity
- Environmental toxicity
Safe Strip is an environmentally preferred paint and resin remover made to replace traditional hazardous solvents such as MEK, benzene, and methylene chloride. The solvent provides many benefits over products like BioSafe 1025, such as the following:
- Low VOC emissions
- No ozone-depleting substances
- Removes coatings in one step
- Strong and reliable performance, comparable to MEK
- Much lower Inhalation Hazard Index than hazardous solvents like MEK
- Effective on all coatings
- Versatile use methods, as it can be used in immersion tanks, as a brush on, rinse off the solvent, or in a gun-cleaning tank
Not only do these characteristics benefit industrial workers by ensuring a safer work environment, but they also benefit the environment itself. With the formulation of a product like Safe Strip, companies do not have to give up quality for an eco-friendly option.