Chemical Gel Stripping

Chemical Gel Stripping

This method of stripping is used when a hardwood item needs paint or lacquers removing.  It preserves the colour and grain of the wood for refinishing.

Elm Ercol table top after stripping with chemical gelThis is necessary for some hardwood table tops, hardwood furniture and antiques when they need refinishing for whatever reason.
Because there is a reaction between the sodium hydroxide in the caustic dip and the natural tanning and other chemicals within the hardwood it causes some timbers to blacken or go grey when caustic dipped. This is particularly so with oak and mahogany, although birch, beech and sycamore are not so badly effected.

The chemical gel stripping process involves painting the gel onto the surface to be stripped. It is then left to soften the paint or lacquer before removing with a flat scrapper. This may need to be repeated a number of times depending on what type of paint or lacquer is being removed and how thick the layers are.

Once all the paint/lacquer is off, the item is then washed off carefully with methylated spirit to neutralise the chemicals. This can be a more time consuming process than the caustic dip.

Normally once the item is stripped it will need to have a new finish applied. We are able to offer many types of finishes and will always offer advice.

Please contact us for a quotation.

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