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Stripping finishes off of wood

Hi All,


Is anyone aware of any new “green” developments for stripping finishes from wood?  Here’s the range of materials that need to be stripped: 


Primarily:  lacquers (nitrocellulose and acrylic), shellac, varnish (natural resins, polyurethane, conversion varnish). 


Occaisionally:  polyester, latex paint, and alkyd enamels.


If someone has a personal opinion on their top 2 or 3 stripping chemicals/processes -- from an environmental, health, safety and performance point of view -- I’m interested.







Monica M. Becker

Sr. Program Manager

Sustainable Systems Research Center (SSRC)


Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS)

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Building 78, Room 1005

Rochester, New York 14623-5608

Tel:  (585) 475-6957

Email:  mmbasp@rit.edu

Web:  www.cims.rit.edu