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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.

  • Non-Flammable.
  • Wear rubber gloves. If applying overhead, eye protection is recommended.
  • Items needed:
    • Wide Mouth Pliers
    • Small Funnel
    • Wide Putty Knife
    • Stiff Bristle Brush
    • Paper Towels
    • Water
  • Use in a well-ventilated area. Use fan to increase ventilation to the outdoors.
  • Extinguish all open flames in the area. In a basement, turn off furnace and extinguish pilot flame in hot water heater.
  • Mask items, which could be harmed by the stripper:
    • Linoleum
    • Tile
    • Asphalt
    • Rubber
    • Plastic

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.

  1. Some paints or varnish may take 10 minutes to strip, with only 2 sprays.  (Never try to strip paint with only 1 spray, you will have dry spots and it will not come off evenly.)
  2. Other paints might take 30 - 40 minutes to strip.  Simply keep the surface wet with stripper until all the paint is loosened
  3. Test an area of your project to see how long it takes and how many sprays you will need.

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. 
If you are stripping the outside brick on a house, work on the shaded side.  Do not try to strip the side in direct sunlight!  Do not strip in wind.
Start at the top by applying a heavy coat of the stripper and work your way to the bottom.
Standard Procedure:

  • Spray on One Inch from surface a heavy coat of the stripper and wait 10 minutes
  • Re-Spray over loosened finish and wait 10 minutes
  • Check with your putty knife to see how far it has penetrated.  If all layers are loose scrape off paint, if not, spray again.
  • All Paints will strip differently.
  • Once you remove all the paint, you must spray the stripper on one more time for the clean up.
  • Scrub with stiff wire brush or stiff bristle broom, and cold water to wash off stripper and clean brick.

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. 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.)

Hold sprayer ONE INCH from surface.  Put on a heavy coat of Lightning Strip™It must be saturated with stripper.  Let set for 5-10 minutes, re-spray over loosened mastic to ensure it will penetrate completely.   Mastic will turn to a liquid.  Check with a putty knife to see if all the mastic is loose, if not spray again.  When it is ready, scrape off the mastic with your putty knife or use old rags to wipe up the mastic.  Discard into a box lined with a trash bag and allow drying. To clean up, re-spray the surface with the stripper once more.  Using a wire brush, coarse steel wool or a stiff bristle broom, dip in cold water and scrub off residue and stripper. The final step is to mop the floor with soap and water and let dry.

Video Demonstration

See our full length instructional video here
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