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Cold solvent stripping using Methylene Chloride based products

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Paint strippers based on Methylene Chloride, also known as Dichloromethane have been traditionally widely used for paint and powder coating removal for many years. They have the following characteristics:

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Used cold
  • Can be formulated to remove a wide variety of finishes
  • Currently the only method of removing stoved epoxies
  • Equipment is fairly simple
  • Highly penetrative
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  • Restricted to an annual consumption of 1 tonne a year without falling within the scope of the European "Solvents Directive"
  • Highly volatile
  • More legislative restrictions
  • R40 risk
  • Much shorter bath life
  • Much higher losses through evaporation
  • More hazardous waste
  • More restrictions on rinse water
Confederate Chemicals have for many years supplied methylene chloride based strippers and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless where possible we suggest selecting a non-methylene chloride product. This is particularly relevant for new installations.

Our cold stripping products are:

A-STRIP An alkaline cold stripper specifically designed to remove polyester and epoxy-polyester powder coatings from aluminium components, typically building industry extrusions. This is the material most readily subsituted by WR-STRIP on aluminium or BJ-STRIP for steel Technical Data

EFX-STRIP A hydrofluoric acid accelerated cold stripper specifically designed to remove epoxy powder coatings from steel components. Its use on aluminium is limited, although it is still widely used for alloy wheel refurbishment. At present, this material is still the best product for epoxies, but we recommended wheels are stripped with AL-STRIP W Technical Data

WM-STRIP A formic acid accelerated cold stripper. This is our most general purpose material suited to small paint finishing shops where a wide variety of work and substrates are encountered. Can be substituted with WR-STRIP or BJ-STRIP depending upon the type of work undertaken Technical Data

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