Hi loyal readers, we apologize for the lack of posts recently! Truth is, we've been very busy with several new projects. We're so excited we forgot to blog. Can you forgive us?
Recently we decided to tackle a project that involved stripping the varnish off of a wooden piece so we could restore it. Most stripping agents are highly toxic and really need to be used outside, which has been tough with all the rain we've had. Nick & I agreed that it'd be best to try something safe and non-toxic that we could use indoors. We went with 3M's "Safest Stripper Paint and Varnish Remover"
It sounded perfect: "3M™ Safest Stripper™ is a non-toxic alternative to caustic paint and varnish removers. Powerful enough to strip virtually any finish. Biodegradable, wash down the drain. No strong fumes or methylene chloride. Requires no gloves. Use indoors."
However, we give it the thumbs down :( It sort of worked. Some varnish came off in streaky patterns, leaving us with a lot more work to do. The good news is, it didn't damage the wood, but it didn't quite do the job we were hoping it would.
So here's our question for you... Have you ever tackled a project like this and if so, what product did you use? Have you found a non-toxic varnish/paint stripper that works as well as its poisonous cousins? We've heard a few good things about Citistrip Safer Paint & Varnish Stripping Gel and that it actually smells like oranges! This might be the next product we try.
Any recommendations? Please leave a comment or shoot us an email!