You might want to give your room, furniture, or house a makeover. Perhaps you want it to regain its fresh new look, or blend it into your new color scheme. One of the surest ways to do that is to have a new paint job. You know that having done this professionally would require money and most probably the first thing they would be doing is to take off your old paint. So, why not do it on your own? And since you are already thinking about saving, why don’t you go all the way by making the paint remover on your own.
All types of paint strippers or paint removers are toxic, whether you buy it from the market or if you make it on your own. Therefore, take extra precaution. Wear necessary safety gear in creating your paint remover. Put on goggles to protect your eyes, and gloves for your hand and skin. Make sure you have adequate ventilation, or wear a gas mask because the smell of paint remover can be irritating and debilitating.
- Have a bucket ready as your container. Fill this bucket with one gallon of water. Add lye into the water. Lye is also known to be as caustic soda. It is a strong solution of sodium or potassium hydroxide. If you would prefer a stronger solution, add more lye.
- Stir the water and the lye until well mixed. Set it aside safely and out of reach or access of children over one night.
- In the morning, pour in half a box of cornstarch into the mixture you created and mix it well until there are no solid particles of cornstarch in the mixture.
- Now, you have your paint remover. With the help of a paint brush, apply this solution to the areas where you want paint to be removed. Be careful since it can also strip off paint from surfaces that you don’t intend to remove paint from.
- Use a plastic wrap to cover the area where you applied the paint stripper.
- After an hour or so take off the plastic wrap from the surface where the paint remover was applied. You may use a putty knife to help you in removing the paint that is already coming off. If you were unable to remove all the paint that you intended to strip off after this step, you may apply one more treatment.
- In getting rid of excess paint remover, ask the assistance of your local toxic management facility. Due to its toxicity, it would not be safe if you would just dump it into your sink or the gutter. Make sure that the solution is properly discarded.
This may not be a breeze but making your own paint remover or paint stripper would help you save money. You can even use the money that you saved in buying the new paint for your home or furniture. You can even do the paint job yourself, since you are already in the mood for a This may not be a breeze but making your own paint remover or paint stripper would help you save money. You can even use the money that you saved in buying the new paint for your home or furniture. You can even do the paint job yourself, since you are already in the mood for a do-it-yourself project.