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Both the normal E-Z Way Stripper and the semi-paste are sprayable which is the most economical way to apply it. Regents E-Z Way Paint &

Varnish Remover

Our product, unlike most of the strippers on the market today was developed by a master refinisher in 1975 to do a professional job of restoring furniture, including priceless antiques. He wanted a stripper that would not raise the grain, make the wood fuzzy, bleach the wood, harm the patina, or damage his health. That was a tall order at the time as there was nothing like that on the market. He experimented until he had the perfect product.

A Word Of Warning Before You Start

E-Z On The Hands means that the product will not blister the skin, like other products that contain the harmful Methylene Chloride. However, treat Regent's E-Z Way Stripper with care. Any chemical that can remove paint or varnish can harm you or a child if you are not careful. Keep the stripper in a childproof container. Wear plastic gloves. Protect your eyes from the stripper. Read the label carefully before you start.

Where Should I Work?

If you are working inside make sure that you have good ventilation. Place a fan in a window to exhaust the fumes. If you are working outside consider covering the item with plastic sheeting to cut down on the evaporation. The Semi-Paste is designed to cut down on the evaporation and allow the stripper to penetrate all of the layers of the coating but the same thing can be accomplished by spraying the item until it is wet and covering it with a thin layer of plastic. Make sure that you use plastic drop cloths under the item you are stripping as the paint, varnish or other coating you remove can stain the floor or concrete when it drops from the item. Work where you are comfortable but don't take any chances by working in a closed area.

What Materials Do I Need?

We recommend the following:

  • A paint brush with the bristles cut short to about 3/8" to !/2". This is very useful in getting down into the crevices, carved areas, and the grain of open grained woods.

  • A plastic scraper or Bondo spreader. Find one that is flexible that will not gouge the wood and will allow you to use the corners to get down into groves.

  • Disposable plastic gloves. Even though the stripper does not burn the skin, it is still wise to wear gloves. Also, the finish that you are removing can stain your hands.

  • Scotch Brite Pads - these are the regular green pads that you can get at the grocery store, hardware store, or even Costco. Make sure that you don't get the ones with a sponge on one side or the kind that has a soap embedded.

  • Rolls of shop paper towels or absorbent rags, plastic trash bags or drop cloths to place under the item you are stripping. Test the plastic with some stripper to make sure it won't dissolve if you spill.

The Product

Shake the E-Z Way Stripper container and using a funnel pour into the spray bottle. Shake the spray bottle occasionally while you are spraying to make sure the stripper is blended.  NOTE: Using the spray bottle will save approximately 40% of the stripper when compared to other methods of application.

The Method of Application

Spray or brush on enough of the stripper to saturate a manageable area. The most important thing to remember is to keep it wet with the stripper. Don't let it dry and then re-wet but stay with the project until the stripper has totally saturated the finish.

If you are removing varnish, which softens quickly, don't spray too large an area before removing the softened finish. Some paints will take no longer than varnish to remove, but most paints are applied in several layers and require patience in removing. Keep the painted surface wet until it softens all the way to the wood. If you are using the semi-paste stripper you will find it softens with little attention. Spray the coating and let it soften all the way to the wood and all layers will come off together. Reapply the stripper after you take off the coating to remove any residual and make sure the wood is clear of all of the paint, varnish, or other coating.

A technique that will help in paint removal is to apply a heavy coat of stripper, cover it with a poly plastic, (a trash bag or plastic wrap), to reduce evaporation. Wait about 7 minutes to check and continue to check every 7 minutes until the coating is completely softened. Remove and wash with stripper to remove any residual.

Temperature will affect the time it takes to penetrate the finish. 70 degrees is the ideal temperature. Take the time to determine the type of finish you are working with from the paragraph on finishes.

Remember, KEEP IT WET with E-Z Way Stripper until ready to come off. For stubborn finishes, such as Spar Varnish, try "scrubbing" with the scotch Brite pad after the first minute or so, then repeat applications of E-Z Way Stripper as necessary

The Removal

Test the surface with you fingertip or the corner of the plastic scraper. Is the coating completely softened? If not, saturate again and wait. Don't forget, Patience Is A Virtue. For clear finishes, varnishes, etc. use a cutoff paint brush or Scotch Brite pad to loosen the finish, then remove the softened finish with shop paper towels or absorbent rags. For heavy finishes use a plastic scraper to lift the softened finish from the surface, then continue with the directions for removing clear finishes. When removing paint, lift the softened paint up or away from the surface, being careful not to smear paint into the grain of the wood. When situations require removal of paint from open-grain wood, keep the surface wet with stripper and scrub it with a stiff brush to remove.

E-Z Way Stripper is very easy on the wood, is easy to clean up, and does not damage the patina or cause the wood to ravel.

The Final Step

Wet a soft cloth with Regent's E-Z Way Stripper and wipe the surface again. Dry the surface with a clean cloth. The stripped surface dries in a few minutes requiring no water-washing or neutralizing because Regent's E-Z Way Stripper has 100% evaporation. The surface is now ready for a new finish. The importance of not needing a water wash, like many other strippers do, is that water can raise the grain of the wood (make it fuzzy) which then requires sanding which will damage the patina, (natural aging of the wood), reducing the value of an antique.

What about Stain?

80% of the items that you will restore will have the color in the finish, and the color will be removed when you strip. Regent's E-Z Way Stripper is designed to remove the finish so of the item is stained the stripper will not attack the stain. In most cases, the item will be lighter after the finish is removed, as the finish darkens with age even if it was a clear coat when applied. This is great if you wanted a lighter finish, but if not, here are some alternatives. With all of them we suggest that you do a test in a small inconspicuous area to determine how it will affect the item. If you are working with an antique, remember the patina, (the natural aging of the wood), as damage to the patina will reduce the value of the item. Also, if you are working with an item that is veneered, (a thin layer of expensive wood over a cheaper wood), you can damage it beyond repair with heavy sanding.

  • SCRUBBING - For scrubbing use a Scotch Brite pad if you are going to lighten the wood. You can get the pads at a hardware or paint store. The green pad is equal to a #00 grade steel wool and the grey one like a #2 grade steel wool so the grey one will take less effort. Take the pad, wet with stripper, and scrub the wood, always working with the grain. Working the stripper and pad like you would if you were sanding will pull the stain to the surface. With a rag or paper towel wipe off the surface while it is still wet. Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the color. Sometimes, depending on the type of wood you are working with, it is impossible to remove all the stain by any method and you are better off to accept the color or enhance it.

  • BLEACHING - Professionals will sometimes apply bleach to wood. This can be somewhat tricky, but experimenters have found that it is better to mix 1 part bleach to 3 parts stripper, rather than using full strength bleach. Apply this mixture to the surface for 2-3 minutes and then scrub with the Scotch Brite pad to lighten the stain. Caution, if you bleach, use gloves and wipe the wood down right away with clean stripper. Once again, be sure and do a test before you use bleach.

  • SANDING - There are some projects where you cannot get away from sanding. This would occur when the surface is damaged and scrubbing or bleaching will not correct the problem. Sand with the grain, preferable with a power sander, If the wood is in bad shape use a medium sandpaper with a grade of 100 to 150. If the surface is smooth, but you can see some scratches, or as the next step to the medium sanding you completed, use 180 or 220 grade paper. Finally, use a fine grade 280 and sand with the grain in long even strokes. If you are going to stain you should finish with a very fine paper, 320 to 360 grade.

How Long Should The Stripper Take?

Varnish: Dissolves in 15 to 20 seconds per coat. Heavy old varnish usually takes 2 to 3 Minutes.

Lacquer: 15 to 20 seconds per layer. Antiques may have 10 to 20 coats or more. As the stripper is applied it will become very gummy. If the finish is heavy you may have to spray 3 to 5 times to keep it wet, but it should only take 5 to 7 minutes to dissolve all of the layers. Remove the thick gum with a plastic bondo spreader, and wash the wood down with more stripper.

Shellac: Same as varnish, but sometimes needs a little help with a Scotch Brite scrubber.

Polyurethanes: Most are applied in several layers, and will require 30 seconds to 5 minutes per layer to dissolve. They bubble up like paint. Keep it wet until the stripper dissolves all of the layers.

Varathenes: This coating is a poly, but it takes longer to remove, usually 10 minutes per layer. Keep it wet and covered with plastic for more efficiency or use the semi-paste stripper. Remember most coatings are applied in several coats so may take 30 minutes or more to soften completely.

Spar Varnish: Usually used on boats for water resistance. Spray the striper on, wait 2 minutes, dip a green Scotch Brite pad in the stripper, and scrub the surface. Spray again and cover with plastic wrap. It will blister like paint.

Latex Paint: Flat latex does not bubble. It dissolves in 30 seconds or less. Latex enamel takes about 3 minutes per coat and bubbles.

Oil Base and Acrylics: Usually take 3 to 5 minutes per coat. Keep covered with plastic or use E-Z Way Regent's Semi-Paste Stripper. Many times there are several coats of paint so it is hard to know how long it will take. Give it time, keep it wet and be patient.

Lead-Based Paints: there are a wide range of these paints and they can take 3 to 10 minutes per coat. Spray it on and keep it wet, cover it with plastic or use semi-paste stripper. It is very important to use gloves to protect yourself from the lead in the paint.

Antiquing: This is a finish that can be removed with Regent's E-Z Way Stripper, following the same instructions as above for oil based paint.

Buttermilk Paint: This is a paint that seems to be impossible for most removers. Regent's E-Z Way Semi-Paste Stripper will remove it. We recommend that you saturate the buttermilk paint with the Regent's Semi-Paste Stripper and cover it with a plastic wrap. Because of the difficulty in determining the number of layers of paint, be prepared to wait a minimum of 30 minutes per layer. Most pieces have several layers of paint.

Marine, Auto, Aviation Finishes:

Aviation finishes take no more time to remove than lead-based paints. Imron, for instance, takes approximately 4 minutes per coat to remove. Plexiglas and rubber beading should be covered, as it can be damaged. The stripper is non-corrosive and does not damage the gel coat in fiberglass or loosen Bondo. after you have removed the paint, you can remove the primer, if desired. to remove the primer, simply spray the thin stripper on, and with a stiff brush, scrub, and wipe clean.

E-Z Way stripper is ideal for refinishing cabinets, doors, and architectural items.Kitchen Cabinets

If you will follow the method described below, you will save a tremendous amount of time and make it an easier job. Make a dip container to submerge your doors and drawers in. Because Regent's E-Z Stripper does not have Methylene Chloride in it, you can use poly-plastic for your stripper container. Do not use the new biodegradable garbage bags, but the regular poly bag. Get a box that you can place the largest door in. In other words, it will lay flat in the bottom of the box. Next cut the sides of the box off so that you have about 4" sides. Place the box inside the plastic bag, and press the plastic bag down inside the box to create a plastic-lined strip pan. Pour enough stripper in the plastic-lined strip pan so that when your cabinet door is placed in it, it is totally submerged. Make another box like this one, but not as large, which can be used to stand the door up in, while you remove the melted finish. Using a plastic scraper, Scotch Brite pad, or sometimes just a rag or paper towel, wet with stripper, wash the finish into this pan. When it is clean, put the door or drawer aside to dry. dirty stripper in the strip pan can be strained for reuse by pouring through cheesecloth or a strainer. Use Regent's E-Z Way Semi-Paste Stripper on the vertical surfaces or framework. Be sure and cover your floor and counter tops, as the stripper could affect these. It's best to take a poly garbage bag, cut open, use masking tape (not scotch tape) to tape the bag to the floor and countertop as a drop cloth. After you have removed the finish, wipe the stripped surface with a rag wet with the regular stripper. Just a note: Because Regent's E-Z Way Stripper is non-corrosive, it is not necessary to remove the hinges.

Wood Floors

Spray an area about 3' by 3'. When finish is soft, scrub with a stiff brush, preferably on the end of a pole. Wipe clean with a rag or shop paper towels.


Other Uses

Graffiti remover, degreaser, cleaning pitch from saw blades and tools, removing lacquer from brass, mastic from under Formica, tile floors, and shower stalls, acrylic and epoxy paint from tubs and showers.


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