STEP 1 PREPARE
Because of the variations in coatings to be stripped, it is vital to test CUTEK® Wood Stripper BEFORE starting your project. This will help you determine how much time you will need to leave CUTEK® Wood Stripper on your wood and how much product you will need for the job.
NOTE: CUTEK® Wood Stripper may need to be applied more than once to thick paint or film form coatings with many layers.
Safety and precautions
Before you begin to Prepare and Protect your wood, note the hazards and precautions and ensure that you have obtained and know how to use the correct safety equipment as detailed in the Safety Data Sheet.
When using CUTEK® Wood Stripper, all adjacent surfaces and vegetation must be adequately protected. It is also important to be aware of the potential for wind drift into areas with cars or pedestrian traffic when rinsing. Water flush all equipment, vegetation, paths, concrete, asphalt and other adjacent surfaces before and after contact.
Spreading rate of CUTEK® Wood Stripper is approximately 120 sq.ft./gallon.
NOTE: this can vary significantly depending on the type and thickness of the paint or wood coating being removed.
Apply CUTEK® Wood Stripper evenly with a brush, roller or paint pad applicator to dry wood, rubbing into the grain. Reaction time is approx. 30-60 minutes. Keep area wet and activated by applying more CUTEK® Wood Stripper or by agitating the application area with a brush, roller or paint pad applicator. CUTEK® Wood Stripper makes surfaces slippery so DO NOT walk on the application area until CUTEK® Wood Stripper has been removed.
Test periodically with a paint scraper to determine when the old coat is stripping cleanly off the wood. When this happens, the stripped surface is ready for rinsing. We suggest that you try to strip only 10 square feet first to perfect your technique.
Once CUTEK® Wood Stripper has loosened the coating, rinse off thoroughly, using a pressure washer set to approximately 50 bar (750 p.s.i.) with a fan jet pattern. REMOVAL WITH A GARDEN HOSE IS NOT SUFFICIENT.
CAUTION must be used to avoid damage to the wood fiber and ‘furring up’. Adjust your cleaning process by reducing the pressure or your operating distance from the wood. DO NOT use “turbojets” on wood.
Clean from the lowest point and work upwards methodically using long even strokes in the direction of the grain. If cleaned from the highest point first, the product below can become sticky and difficult to remove.
After stripping the wood, clean it with CUTEK® Wood Reviver to remove residual CUTEK® Wood Stripper and rejuvenate the substrate and enhance the grain. See CUTEK® Wood Reviver for instructions.
Certain types of wood surfaces may leave a raised grain effect after stripping is completed. Sanding or poly pad scrubbing may be required to smooth out this condition.
Clean Up & Disposal
Equipment may be cleaned with CUTEK® Quickclean or soap/detergent and water. All wash water, containers/contents should be disposed in accordance with local regulations