WHETHER the frame is wood, UPVC or aluminium, removing paint from a window frame can be a tricky, messy business.
All too often, the paint (after a long, hard slog) may be removed, only to reveal that you've damaged the under-surface during the process.
Other times, the under-surface may be fine...but annoying flecks of paint get left behind; spoiling the overall finished appearance when the job is completed and your new paint/varnish is applied.
There's a wealth of ways to remove paint from your window frames; from sanding and scraping, to chemical paint strippers and heat guns.
But with each of these methods there are pitfalls...
Sanding and scraping...will, unless the job-in-hand is something you're particularly well experienced in, often leave you with scrapes and scuffs on the under-surface. These might look minor enough, but after you've finished re-painting the window frame, these scrapes will stick out like a sore thumb against the smooth finish of the rest of the job.
DCM Chemical strippers...traditionally the choice for many, they come with a range of problems for the user, the user's immediate environment and the global environment. Toxic fumes, burns to the skin, damage to nearby plants...and the same risk of harm applies to any children or pets nearby. Perhaps the biggest downfall of all in using these products is that, come June 2012, they will be banned from sale under EEC ruling, due to the catalogue of complaints related to their dangers.
Heat Guns...are another popular method of paint removal that usually pose more problems than they do solutions. Namely, heat guns are best left untouched by anything other than the experienced hand, simply due to the number of amateur DIY-ers who have experienced serious or severe burns to their skin while trying to strip paint from wood.
...and it's worth noting that ALL of these methods pose potential damage to you under-surface, whether wood, upvc or aluminium!
So what can be done?
Thanks to BIOSTRIP, the solution for all three window frame-types mentioned is, conveniently, all under one lid.
BIOSTRIP20 Paint Stripper ...is fast becoming the global alternative to chemical or solvent-based paint strippers. And unlike all other environmentally-friendly strippers, its actually proven to work faster - not slower - than traditional, solvent-based products - all while giving off ZERO toxins or aromas.
Here's our simple guide to removing paint quickly and easily ---- the BIOSTRIP way!
(Firstly, It's important to remember that whatever the under-surface; be it wood, aluminium or UPVC, the area around where you are working needs to be safely covered with sheets or newspaper etc, to minimise mess and ensure no debris falls onto your carpet or furniture, or plants if you're outdoors)
Using Biostrip couldn’t be easier:
- Brush a generous layer of Biostrip onto the surface, ensuring that the treated surfaces remain wet, and don't dry out
- Allow to blister - this should take 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the type of coating
- Next, either rinse or scrape to remove the softened coating
- Repeat the process if any coating remains
- Wash area and allow to dry thoroughly before repainting
500G will cover up to 3 metres sq
- For a faster strip time, scuff or scribe the surface before applying Biostrip
- Gently use wire wool to remove softened varnish in awkward corners and/or profiles
- If the paint to be removed is several layers thick, a second coat of Biostrip might be required (however, laboratory tests and responses from customers show that, more often than not, Biostrip will work its way through several layers of paint at one time, meaning just one application might be necessary even for tougher jobs)
And that's all there is to it!
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