Removing any type of paint is a crucial task that can cause a great deal of anxiety. This is mainly because of the harmful and toxic nature of conventional paint stripping products.  Many products are both harmful to the user and the environment. Many painting contractors use these types of product.  This can put them at risk from breathing in  vapours or spilling the product on their skin, causing burns.  The effects of these paint strippers can be harmful for the homeowners too and they may also breathe in  vapours unless windows are kept open and the area fully ventilated.  Therefore, the use of more modern, safer, water based  paint strippers is becoming more and more common.

Selecting the right paint stripping product for the job is a challenge faced by most contractors these days. Finding a product with the right safety profile that will strip the paint in a reasonable amount of time is paramount.. There are a large number of paint stripping products available at the moment, and the use of water based products is increasing rapidly. The main reasons for  this popularity can be estimated as below:

Safer for the Environment: Water based strippers are made with a blend of natural ingredients that are  effective at removing all types of paints. This type of paint stripper uses water as the base solvent and  is safer than traditional products which contained methylene chloride.  These strippers are not classified as hazardous and have little or no smell. They are suitable for use in confined areas.

Effective formulation: Though this type of paint stripper uses water as its base solvent, it is very effective on all types of paints. Its ability to strip paint comes from careful blending of a range of natural, or safer,  raw materials.  Products of this type do not damage the surface beneath the paint, and are usually safe to use on plastics.

Non-inflammable and Biodegradable: The components of this type of paint remover are non flammable  and biodegradable by nature, this is why they are better for the environment and user than traditional methylene chloride containing products. When using any chemical product it is always a good idea to wear protective coveralls, however with water based strippers there is no need to be concerned about breathing in vapours, or working in confined spaces.

Availability: These products are readily available from DIY stores and web shops. There are usually good stocks available as they have a long shelf life.

The popularity of these water based products is growing and looks likely to increase in the future as more people are made aware of the safety benefits of these products.