Solvent Free Paint Stripper 25% off - £11.81 @ Ethical Sperstore
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Solvent Free Paint Stripper 25% off - £11.81 @ Ethical Sperstore

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Found 4th Nov 2011
Solvent free to get rid of all those nasty chemical smells in youyr home

Strip up to 5 coats of paint or varnish with each application, then simply wash off with water!

Happy decorating!
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TBH this tuff is a waste of time - it shifts one layer of paint and no more. The same manufacturer produces a textured surface remover (which I suspect is actually the same product with a different label) and for this purpose it's excellent, softens artex overnight which can be peeled off in 24hrs - excellent if there's asbestos in your artex (which there probably is)
Be aware though you'll need lots, you have to slap it on, the 15litre tubs can be purchased for £100.

As for paint - heatgun and patience still seems to be the best solution, or if you can stomach the mess, Nitromors - horrible stuff.
Thanks sybarite. Ive been looking for getting rid of gloss paint in the bathroom. Need to redecorate the bathroom. Ive been looking at nitromors just didnt have enough good reviews.
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Thanks sybarite. Ive been looking for getting rid of gloss paint in the … Thanks sybarite. Ive been looking for getting rid of gloss paint in the bathroom. Need to redecorate the bathroom. Ive been looking at nitromors just didnt have enough good reviews.




Nitromors does work - but it's not a miracle, and the mess takes so long to clear. You just have to follow the instructions and be prepared to use abrasives after the gel has softened the paint. I actually find the balance of cost of Nitro v cost in time of heat gun favours a heat gun.
One thing though, buy a decent digital controlled gun at £100, and hold 2 inches from the paint moving it constantly. Be prepaired to move the gun back and forth over a 2-3 inch section a few times until the paint blisters. Better to do an extra couple of waves with the gun and have the heat penetrate through to the bottom paint layer so it all comes off, more or less, on the first scrape - makes life much easier. £100 may seem like a lot for a tool - but it's worth it and can always be sold on after the job.

With a heat gun you can get through large flat areas reasonably quickly, take off most of the layers in the mouldings then finish up with Nitromors (yellow container, it's the thin, non gel version) on wire wool to take of any residue of paint flecs. But do ensure you wipe down with white spirit/turps after the Nitro.
There is a product that does work, search for peelaway/strip away, it's better for period plaster work and detail, but be warned whilst effective it's very very expensive.

The short answer is there's no pain free way of stripping paint, or none that I've found. Elbow power and patience I'm afraid.
Wouldn't be cheaper to use Tesco Value Scotch? I heard it tastes like paint stripper!;)

Seriously, thanks sybarite for the tip on using their other product for Artex removal, but yes I'd have to agree, a heat gun is still best way of removing paint, just requires patience!
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Wouldn't be cheaper to use Tesco Value Scotch? I heard it tastes like … Wouldn't be cheaper to use Tesco Value Scotch? I heard it tastes like paint stripper!;)Seriously, thanks sybarite for the tip on using their other product for Artex removal, but yes I'd have to agree, a heat gun is still best way of removing paint, just requires patience!



No problem, although but of an update if you're not keen on Nitromors for the final wire wool stage, try Paramose instead, and Paramose industrial, not the consumer Ecomose brand, it's cheaper at £30 for 5litres, works and seems to be more efficient at shifting mutli-layered paint (it's also sold for use as a dip-tank solution).
Same manufacturer also produce a X-Tex and masonry cleaning goop, can't report or their effectiveness, but they do supply London Underground and I have some masonry to strip so I'll update if and when I give the product a test.
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