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Lightning Strip™ Application on Wood, Metal, Concrete & Brick
Lightning Strip™ Paint Remover is a unique product. Do not use it like other strippers! Our technique works, simply follow directions.
Preparation and Precautions
Lightning Strip™ Paint Remover will not freeze. It performs best in temperatures between 45 °F and 90 °F.
What is different about Lightning Strip™?
Lightning Strip™ is a non-aerosol spray-on paint remover. You have the ability to re-spray over loosened paint instead of removing one layer of paint at a time like the brush on strippers. When you spray Lightning Strip™ on paint or varnish it will loosen, do not remove it. Just re-spray over the loosened paint. It will go deeper with each spray, stripping all layers at once.
When it absorbs into the paint you may think it is drying, it isn’t, it just needs another spray to keep it penetrating through the layers. Every spray goes through 2-3 coats.
Your putty knife is important.
It will show you how deep the stripper has penetrated. Simply pull the paint back with your putty knife, periodically; checking to see if the paint is loose, all the way to the wood, metal, concrete or brick.
All paints will strip differently
Some paints turn to a liquid, while other paints bubble up. The reaction may not be visible so check with the putty knife to see how deep it has penetrated.
Fill the spray bottle
Shake can thoroughly before using. Using wide-mouth or channel lock pliers, unscrew cap. Fill the spray bottle (included) using a small funnel. Attach the spray head and turn the nozzle to desired spray pattern.
Apply the stripper
MOST IMPORTANT: When applying the stripper, hold the nozzle only
The forced pressure from the sprayer makes the stripper gel or thickens on the wall or paint or varnish. If you hold the sprayer back too far you will think the stripper is not working. Most of it will be going into the air. Deposit a continuous heavy coat of stripper on the project. Use a sweeping motion, as in spray painting. Pull the trigger firmly each time. Squirt, squirt, squirt is NOT the proper technique
When the paint starts to loosen, (3-5 minutes), put another spray over the loosened. The amount of times you spray over the loosened paint depends on the number of layers of paint on the project. Do not rush it! As long as it is wet, it is working. If it absorbs in, re-spray again. The stripper is designed to penetrate multiple layers of paint, to stay wet, and to reactivate when re-sprayed.
Remove the paint
Check with a putty knife and when all layers are loose, scrap paint off with putty knife. Discard paint or varnish in a box lined with a trash bag and allow the stripper to evaporate.
Clean up and neutralize
Re-spray the surface where you just removed the paint or varnish. (THIS STEP IS VERY IMPORTANT. If you don’t spray the stripper on before you wash with water, the surface will not come clean.) Use # 2 steel wool and cold water to wash the stripper off and clean the wood. Dry with paper towel and allow time to dry.
Stripping bricks or stone walls
The surface of bricks, limestone, sandstone and rock walled houses is even rougher than concrete blocks.
Tips on stripping rough concrete
The challenge of rough concrete or brick surfaces is removing any hazy film and residue from the pores. If it doesn’t get completely clean with the stripper and water you can use the following technique.
T.S.P. (Trisodium Phosphate) is a heavy duty detergent sold in hardware stores. If you cannot find T.S.P., get what they call T.S.P. substitute. It comes in crystals. Use hot water to dissolve crystals. Mix one cup T.S.P. to one gallon of hot water. Stir until dissolved. Let the water set until cold. While the solution is cooling, re-spray the surface of your project with Lightning Strip™ one more time. When water is cold, dip brush in the T.S.P. solution and scrub stripper off the brick. When clean, rinse the surface with clean cold water and let dry. If the concrete or brick is extremely porous or rough, you may need to repeat this T.S.P. technique more than once.
Hand-pump garden sprayers can be used for large projects. It is important to remove the rubber hose and replace with an anhydrous hose which is available at any farm supply store. When you stop for the day empty sprayer back into the can and clean the garden sprayer thoroughly with water. Spray clean water through sprayer.
Stripping heavy black mastic
For mastic on floors, you can use a sprayer or a paint roller. Don’t spray any more than you can reach. (Don’t walk on stripper, it will be slippery.)
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