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Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover removes old paint, varnish, shellac, lacquer and urethane - even multiple coats. Its gel formula makes it ideal for exterior use and vertical surfaces. Because it contains no water or harsh chemicals it is safe to use on fine furniture. It will not disturb the wood's natural patina or raise the grain, and it will not harm glue joints or veneers. Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover is non-flammable and almost odorless. Made by Swing Paints.
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Wear protective gloves and work in a well ventilated area. Place the object to be stripped on a plastic sheet. Pour some stripper into a small foil, metal or glass container. Brush a liberal amount of stripper over one or two square feet of surface. Wait a few minutes for the finish to dissolve. Remove the dissolved finish using a brush or Circa 1850 Maple Scraper. Remove any residue with medium (0) steel wool dipped in stripper. When dry, wash the surface with mineral spirits or Circa 1850 Furniture Stripper.
Will Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint and Varnish Remover harm copper?
I haven't used the stripper on copper but I have on brass and aluminumwith no negative results. I would be sure to "wash" all product off. Barkeepers friend is an excellent polishing powder for copper and othermetals after stripping the paint.
the job is to remove latex pain that ran on cedar walls. Will it change the colour and finish of the cedar.
not totally sure about that... if the wood has been "planed", then youwould be ok(just do not let it dry).then wipe with clean cloth(after scraping).if the cedar is rough, then it may/could seep into the grain...one thing for sure, this product is very good at doing it's job!
It may ad a little tone to it, but you would probably need to sand after you removed the paint anyway, which would bring back clean grain.
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Do I need to wear a respirator mask while using cica 1850 stripper?
My husband and I have used it on various projects without a respirator though it might be best if you wore one. Just make sure to wear heavy duty rubber gloves as it will burn your skin if not protected well. I recommend long sleeves and rubber gloves. If you decide not to wear a respirator, just be careful with the application. You don't want this to get in your eyes or on your face. There wasn't much in the way of fumes. We were surprised at how little odor there was with this product and it works amazingly well. We don't use anything else.
you should especially inside
It would be a good idea for safety reasons to us a mask and make sure you have plenty of ventilation. Also water heavy duty gloves.This is the best stripper I have ever used. It will remove layers of old finishes usually in one application.
I did not wear one but I would make sure you are in a well ventilated area.
Is this product safe for the eyes & lungs or should wear goggles and masks. Does it have any health impacts such as other products known to be causing cancer and not suitable for people with heart diseases ?Please adviceThanks
All companies are required to furnish a MSDS sheet to provide just this kind of info. I am not an expert in the are aand would not want to be responsible for any injury you may incur. It is odd the company would aks me when they have ALL the answers.Earlin
Thanks for your answer!They don't give the list of chemicals used in this product on-line. Do you know where I can find them? Also I will need it for Oak-railing inside the house (stairs) so outside is not an option.Thanks a lot
Thanks a lot for your advise
We use it all the time, precisely because of its low VOCs. It eats through latex exam gloves, however. We use a heavier glove with rubber/vinyl on the working side.We wear eye protection whenever we are around chemicals - paints, removers, solvent and the like.
I would email the company in re to chemical content or try a search on google ti see if anything comes up.The container does note to use in a well ventilated area... so you need air circulation. Also to wear googles- oops! It works fast and dries fast.
I do't know how safe this product is. I would look up the chemicals contained in Circa 1850 and google it for an answer. I wore gloves- no goggles- and used the product outside.
how to remove paints from hand?
The can shows the person being ungloved. I wore gloves.
CAN YOU USE THIS ON A ALUMINUM BOAT?.
I have never used on aluminum. I would think the manufacturers of this product would know the answer to this question.
I don't know why not. I used it on wood furniture. Works great.
can you use a foam brush to apply this product ?
It will melt a foam brush. Use a disposable bristle brush. I was going through 10 years of varnish and it took many repeated coats to make any headway, and had to use a scraper afterwards anyway. I went back to the heat gun method after a short while. The words "miracle," "zip," or "heavy" should be banned from these products, as they are nothing of the kind if you're talking about anything but a couple of coats of paint, even if using plastic wrap to extend the working time. It's hard work no matter whether you use caustic glop, heat gun, or plain old scraper!
I purchased a house where the previous owners had put multiple coats of dark varnish over grout around my ceramic tiles!! The tiles are light beige and so is the grout supposed to be. I need to remove this yuck. Could this product do that job please?
Sorry, I have never used this product for anything but removing paint.
I thought the regular Circa 1850 Paint and Varnish remover worked much better for removing 25 year old varnish and I believe you could use it on verticle surfaces.
What product can you recommend to strip paint (or perhaps it might be a fairly thick decal) from from an old aluminum cow milking vessel? Fred
I would think Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish would do the trick in no time at all. I've used it to remove thick layers of acrylic from my work table. It worksquickly and very well!B
ELIZABETH G MEAD
Circa 1850 paint and varnish with work. It will strip any paint off also.Goo Gone would be more gentle. Both may have to be applied several times or soaked.
Been a while since I stripped my front door and re varnished it, but do remember this stripper worked well.Can not imagine anyone loving to do this work, including me, but at least it is good to have a product that works like this.
Which is best to remove white wash from a very old piece of furniture - stripper or Body paint & varnish remover or are they both equal. Also will it work?
Diane,The Heavy Body P&V Remover is a stripper, and it will remove almost any surface coating very effectively in my experience. (Wear more than disposable latex gloves, however. This stuff is nasty on skin. And be sure to use it only in a well-ventillated space!)My concern is that the white wash I've dealt with on antique furniture is a penetrating, as well as a surface (paint-like) finish, which no stripper can remove very effectively. Once you remove the surface material, my experience is that an extensive sanding project awaits you.
Sorry:Have never had an opportunity to work on a piece of furniture with a white wash finish.Earlin
Dianne,I used Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover on a door that had a layer of old varnish and about 3 layers of paint. It worked very good, but I did have to use it multiple times. Also, windex worked well to help remove the residue.
Snake Mountain Boatworks' Go-To Stripper!
We are a professional wood boat preservation shop. Stripping 6 - 10 hulls, inside and out, yearly is among the most tedious and frustrating steps in preserving an antique or classic wood boat in our experience.We have tested at least a dozen competitor products, including Aqua Strip. Circa 1850's low VOCs, kindness to hands, long open time, and, most important of all, near incredible ability to liquefy all manner of finishes without opening and raising grain, a negative characteristic of most competitor products we tested.Patience is the key. Apply the product heavily. Wait 30 minutes or so and apply a second coat over the first. Wait another 30 minutes or so and scrape - using a professional scraper like Sandvik - with the grain.The final step involves scrubbing residual finish and then bleeding the stain out of the wood by applying thin coats of Circa 1850 and immediately scrubbing with stainless steel sponges - available from JD.I do not get any special pricing or other perks, and was not asked to write a supportive review in exchange for same. Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover is the only one you will find in our shop for all the right reasons: fair pricing, ease of use, ability to liquefy finishes, and because it works every time.
excellent product, melts heavy paint off
do not splash on skin or eyes, will burnuse ventilation
not as good as Rock Miracle
I tried 1850 for the first time today stripping a deck on a Chris Craft runabout it is not as thick as Rock Miracle Stripper and not as Fast I would not use this again, I have all most 50 years as a pro. working on and restoring wood boats
Blue Point NY
good stuff... dont get it on your skin!
eats through lamination, and graphic, loosens glue to remove easily.
windsor ontario Canada
Product removes several layers of finish. Used to refinish furniture and nothing works as well.thich so it sticks to surface. Make sure to follow directions.
I tried other strippers for use on an old high back windsor chair. High odor, drippy, not effective without multiple applications. This stuff is excellent. The viscosity allows application to vertical surfaces. Apply it and let it work into the finish and it works like a charm.
Used to remove old clock case finishes
I have been using Circa 1850 over 5 years.I can apply to any flat or irregular surface. It begins to work almost immediately.Within minutes I have removed the old crud (some have been in place for over 150 years),and it will never raise the grainon any type of wood.Seldom does it require more than a single THICK coat to do the complete job.Saves me both time and $$.
Hand of Time Clocks
Upstate New York
Good stuff and easy to handle. Forget all the paint removers which do not have hefty odor. They are all not worth the money.Lifts off even old latex layers in a height up to 4mm but you need to apply a reasonable quantity of the remover or apply it twice. Apply it half finger thick and it will eat the latex like a gourmand.Use gloves or you may be not too glad after the job.
Worked Excellent For My Needs
I use this to strip the antique radios that I restore. It was good with details and good with vertical surfaces. The only problem is that it dries to quickly.
New York, NY
Multiple layers bubbled off in minutes
We inherited an old row boat from my wife's childhood cottage. It must've been painted every year since the 1960s.The stripper did a great job of eating through a good 8 layers of paint at once. I was pretty impressed as I'm not that much of an expert when it comes to stripping.I followed the instructions and even consulted the company's website before beginning (which really had some good info on their forum) and was really happy with the results.Now I'm just waiting for it to get warmer so I can go out fishing on the lake!