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?