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  • Jasco® Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover
  • Chemical splash goggles:
    Chemical splash glasses must be worn whenever there is a chance of a chemical splash or spray. They can be obtained at most home centers and hardware stores.
  • Chemical-resistant gloves:
    Most chemical resistant gloves withstand exposure to solvents and other chemicals and withstand tears and punctures. Always read and follow the glove manufacturer’s instructions before use. It’s a good idea to purchase several pair at your home center or hardware store and change out as needed.
  • A Plastic Stripping Tool
  • An abrasive Stripping Pad
  • A Stripping Brush (for working small areas)
  • Wooden orange sticks (for working detailed areas)
  • These are actually manicurist tools and are available at most drug stores.
  • 2" or 3" natural-bristle paint brushes
  • Metal container, clean and empty
  • Heavy plastic drop cloths (6 mil recommended)
  • Soft cotton rags for clean-up
  • Jasco® Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • A solvent that will remove any remaining paint and remove any residue from the stripping process.

Before You Start

1. Read The Instructions
Always read all cautions and directions on the product label before beginning a project. You should understand all aspects of the projects before you begin. You can also print this project plan and bring it along with you to the job site.

2. Prepare The Work Area
For best results, use chemicals in temperatures between 65° and 85°F. Open all windows and doors to allow for proper ventilation of the work area. Protect surrounding areas with a heavy plastic drop cloth. Tape off painted areas around the wood you're stripping.

3. Ready To Begin
When you are ready to get started, put on your chemical splash goggles and chemical-resistant gloves. Make sure you have soft rags within easy reach for cleanup of any splashes during the project.

Dispose of used Stripper and Scrapings

Many windows and doors are finished in old paint compounds that may contain hazardous materials. Dispose of it in a metal container, and keep this in a well-ventilated outdoor area until you are able to dispose of them. Check federal, state and local guidelines for proper disposal.

How To Get Rid Of All Those Old Coats.

Old doors, windowsills and other woodwork often acquire multiple layers of paint over the years. You can remove those old coats and restore your woodwork to its natural beauty with a little time, some good advice and Jasco® Premium Paint & Epoxy Remover.

Stripping Stubborn Paint

Step 1

Step 1

Step 1: Set Up
If working with a door, remove it from its hinges and place on sawhorse in a well-ventilated work area. If possible, keep work surface horizontal. Remove all hardware from the door, including knobs, lock, and hinges. If the door has inset glass, carefully tape off the glass before you begin. Pour the Premium Stripper into the metal container. Lay all of your tools nearby.

Step 2

Step 2: Lay It On Thick
Brush an even, liberal coat of stripper to a small area (up to 9 sq. ft.) The correct application is not like painting. Instead, you want to apply it at least 1/8" thick, so the stripper covers the old paint. Use short strokes in one direction only. Make sure to use the tip of your brush to work the stripper into the recesses of the wood.

Step 3

Step 3: Check Progress And Remove Paint
After 15-30 minutes, you should start to see the chemical reaction happening. The paint will start to bubble up and swell, and this will show that the finish is separating itself from the surface. Gently rub a small test area with the plastic stripping tool to see if the finish is softened and ready for removal. If not, wait an additional 15 minutes and check again.

Step 4

Step 4: Remove The Stripper And The Paint Comes With It
Remove loosened paint by gently scraping in direction of wood grain with the plastic stripping tool. Reapply stripper as necessary to keep the surface wet. Use an orange stick (a manicurist’s tool available in drug stores) or stripping brush to scrape out old finish buried in recesses. Continue to alternately scrape, reapply stripper, and wipe with cloths as you progress.

Repeat as necessary. Multiple layers of paint may require several applications. There is no need to remove all stripper before starting a second application. Simply re-wet the working area and continue to let the old paint "soak" in the stripper.

Step 5

Step 5: Finish Up
By now, you should be seeing the fresh, clean surface emerging from beneath all that old finish. Use a clean abrasive pad dipped in Premium Stripper to loosen remaining finish and remove any residue.

Step 5b

When the wood looks clean and clear of all finish, wipe off the stripper using an abrasive pad dipped in Jasco® Odorless Mineral Spirits. The wood surface should be completely clean and dry before refinishing. Return unused stripper to the original container.

After each work session, place all rags, applicators, and old-finish residue in a well-ventilated area. Allow liquid to evaporate and residue to dry outdoors then dispose of in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.

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