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There are numerous methods for stripping paint such as shaving, scraping, applying Dr. Pepper, and heating, but if you don’t want to spend lot of time and sweat equity, paint strippers are usually the way to go. They have their disadvantages: traditional strippers can use nasty chemicals you don’t want to inhale or get anywhere near your skin, not to mention they’re messy to clean up and they bring possible disposal issues.

Now, the newer environmentally friendly paint strippers like Soy-Gel claim they work quickly and are safe, non-toxic, non-caustic, odorless, and biodegradable. While Soy-Gel was designed for removing lead paint it’ll remove other types of paint and urethane also. Soy Solvents claims it’ll will remove multiple layers of paint in as little as 3 min. They make Soy-Gel from foods grade soy oil and N-Methyl-2-Pyrrolidone, which isn’t the safest chemical around, but it won’t take the skin right off your hand, either.

For Soy-Gel, you’ll pay $20 by the quart, or $60 by the gallon. So the question is: are these environmentally friendly paint strippers as good or possibly better than more traditional noxious paint strippers, or are they more hype than reality?

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15 Responses to Hot Or Not? Environmentally Friendly Paint Stripper

  1. ToolGuyd says:

    Looks interesting, I might give it a try. I like to avoid methylene chloride strippers whenever I can help it.

  2. TravisS says:

    In my experience, the worked great in cleaning tile mastic off of a slab, but the residue kept the new sealant we put down from ever curing. Had to remove the sealant and degrease three times before putting down the sealant again. I’m all for it, just be sure to research how the residue will interact with any product you put down over it.

  3. Kris says:

    I have not used this soy based stuff, but have used the Orange based stripper, which works but is slow and takes multiple trys. If you have a lot to do or not much time, you probably need to use the nasty stuff.

  4. Bill says:

    Hot but slow. I just used Soy Gel to strip two cast iron radiators in place. It clung to vertical surfaces very well but I did go out and mow the lawn between application and removal. Odor is minimal.

  5. MeasureOnceCutTwice says:

    Any suggestions for getting cement/concrete residue off rough tile surfaces?

  6. Shopmonger says:

    Measure: where is it, can you use a pressure washer? If not, maybe a wire wheel, or a flap disk form HF with like 60 grit..


  7. B. Foo says:

    In my experience all this “green” stuff is a waste of time that I think is just to make people feel good. I like to use what works correctly. I tried the orange based stuff and it was a waste of time. As someone else commented, it is too slow and takes multiple tries. No thanks. I’m not into this “green” scam (and it is a scam, the company I work for is behind some of it) and will continue to use the correct products for the what they are intended.

  8. Chris says:

    Hot. I used it and like it. There is not really an odor, but I leave my garage door open anyhow. A quart is looking like its enough to strip an entire desk with multiple layers of paint. I would say its not quite as good as the regular strippers, but its pretty close. I will buy and use this again, no doubt. Its even getting the paint out of the intricate details pretty well.

  9. michael masterson says:

    hot… I recommended it to a friend who was having her kitchen redone, and she said it was the best stuff she’d ever used, wasn’t nasty, and cleaned off all the cabinets and other woodwork quite nicely.

  10. jASON says:

    I’ve got a quart of this in the basement for cleaning paint brushes. Like it a lot cuz I can clean up inside without stinking up the house. Haven’t used it to strip paint yet.

  11. Lane says:

    I have gone through almost 4 gallons of the Soy Gel in stripping my 100 year old home’s woodwork. I’ve been working in place, so the product I used needed to work well, be low odor and safe. Soy-Gel has met all these requirements. Having said that I can say that it is significantly slower than methylene chloride but the fumes won’t kill you either.
    I found the best way to use it was to goop it on and cover it with thin plastic sheeting. In 3 hours it would soften 2 to 3 layers of paint. Since I was removing up to eight layers I scraped, then reapplied to get to bare wood.
    I can’t think of many jobs worse than stripping paint (well maybe I can…) but Soy Gel works as claimed and gets the job done.

  12. Anita Wells says:

    Can I buy the product in wichita ks.

  13. Alicia says:

    This product has NMP in it… a reproductive toxin.

  14. Blogger Pro says:

    The best paint stripper I have used is Star Ten Paint Stripper. It did a fantastic job and it’s environmentally friendly with a lack of fumes. I would highly recommend it.

  15. GS says:

    Don’t listen to B. Foo. because that person hasn’t even used the product. That person hasn’t tried every eco-friendly product on the market either. Some people are stubborn and ignorant. Just because some things don’t kill instantly doesn’t mean they aren’t harmful. If you don’t care about yourself then you could at least care about the little children who are being harmed by the run off from dangerous chemicals.

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