Sometimes referred to as paint stripper, paint remover is a chemical solvent that is used to remove paint from different types of surfaces. There are paint removal products made with synthetic materials, while other brands are manufactured using natural ingredients. Different types of paint removers are used on various surfaces, with some products formulated to work on wood, while others are more suitable for masonry or metal of some sort.
Most paint remover products function by penetrating a layer of paint and causing it to detach from the underlying surface. Once the dried paint is loosened, it is possible to use a trowel or similar tool to gently peel away the paint, leaving the underlying surface exposed. While the range of ingredients vary from one paint-removing product to the next, most are formulated to interact with the paint, but not harm the surface in any way.
A traditional paint remover is usually applied with the aid of a paintbrush. The bristles of the brush are dipped into the product, then applied to the dried paint using simple brush strokes. With most products, a thin, even layer of the remover is sufficient to loosen the paint and make it easy to peel it away in sheets.
Another type of paint removing product is known as spray paint remover. This type of remover comes with a spray pump that makes it possible to quickly apply an even level on any horizontal or vertical surface. Often, removers of this kind will loosen the paint quickly and completely, making it possible to use a dry cloth to gently dislodge the sheets of paint.
Paint remover products are formulated for specific projects. An industrial strength car paint remover is used to remove the old layer of paint before a fresh coat is applied to the metal body. Concrete paint removers are great for restoring brick walls or concrete walkways that were painted at one time. Low-fume versions can be used inside when stripping away old paint from door and window facings, making this type of do-it-yourself job much easier to accomplish.
As an alternative to using paint stripping products that are full of harsh chemicals, it is possible to purchase removers that use organic compounds to accomplish the same goal. Soy paint removers are created by extracting and processing oil soybeans. Other natural elements are combined with the soybean oil in a formula that can remove paint from doors or even walls.
In addition to paint removal products, there are also varnish removers. These work in the same manner as any paint remover, making the job of stripping old varnish off woodwork much easier. Hardware stores as well as most home supply stores carry several brands of varnish remover in the same general area as the paint remover.