WASHING SODA PAINT STRIPPER QUESTION


I'm trying to keep away of nasty stuff, as much as possible, so been googling for safe paint strippers. Ran across this: http://www.care2.com/channels/solutions/home/8?print=1 Sounds pretty much like what I'm after.
I'm not after "instant" results, willing to wait for an hour or so for results, if need be. Just looking for something that works, is non-toxic, and easily (safely) disposable after.
If any of you here have tried this, what were your results - good, bad, indifferent? Or, do you have an alternative method, that would give similar results - and what is it, if so?
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote in 3336.bay.webtv.net:

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http://www.ace-sandblasting.com/soda-blasting-article.html
Does this interest you?
Patriarch
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On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 22:21:00 -0500, Patriarch

Careful with level of quality. You really need something more industrial than this, ....from the above site: "Though most soda blasters are large industrial units, one company, ACE (888-772-3263; www.ace-sandblasting.com) sells a portable rig that will work with most any compressor big enough to feed an HVLP spray gun. For $250, it comes ready to use."
If "blasting" with a fine powder, you need a fair driving force so that it's not just fluff. That source alone can be an investment, and I don't go for the "most any". When younger I bought a saw that *would* cut wood, but I cried every time I used it. I'd ask around a lot more before investing, and it would have to suit the need. You can cut steel with a water jet. It's a fine balance of expectation and result. you could strip paint with high frequency sound in the 50s You still can... [Google ...ultrasonic strip paint.]
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Sun, Sep 18, 2005, 10:21pm (EDT-1) snipped-for-privacy@nospam.comcast.dot.net (Patriarch) who asketh: http://www.ace-sandblasting.com/soda-blasting-article.html Does this interest you?
Only as information. Soda blasting is way too complicated (read expensive) for hobby/small-time use. Anyway, it's my oldest kid who's doing the sand blasting. If I needed any rust removal, I'd probably just get some of the rust conversion stuff, they you spray, or brush on. If I needed any paint removed, I'd just get some type of paint stripper.
Speaking of a paint stripper. I've been doing more googling. As strange as it may seem, one of the "safer" paint strippers is lye. Washing soda (sodium carbonate) is safer than lye, altho not without it's own hazards. I checked the grocery store today, and they didn't have anything labeled as washing soda. I check a Arm & Hammer soap box, and it did list sodium carbonate as a major ingredient. I would have gotten a box, and tried it out, but I wasn't certain, then, what socium carbonate is. I'm not sure if it would work, but may get a box, and try it. If it doesn't strip paint, I can still use it to wash clothes. Waste not, want not.
I've also been checking google about TSP (trisodium phosphate) and it's paint stripping ability - which seems to be zero. Which is slightly strange, as I've heard about using it for paint stripping, for years.
I had planned on stopping by Ace, and/or, the local Sherman Williams paint store, to see what they've got in the way of paint strippers. But, got involved in a couple of more essential errands, and forgot. Maybe tomorrow.
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On Sun, 18 Sep 2005 21:55:25 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

If it removes paint, it's nasty.
TSP [Trisodium Phosphate] available at your local lumber yard or hardware. I cleaned 80 yr old old varnished wood easily by brushing on a supersaturated solution. Apply. Wait. Brush vigorously with a stiff brush [a cut-down old paintbrush works well]. Hose off with water. Dry in the sun.
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Sun, Sep 18, 2005, 10:30pm (EDT-3) snipped-for-privacy@here.com (Guesswho) did spaketh: If it removes paint, it's nasty. TSP [Trisodium Phosphate] available at your local lumber yard or hardware. I cleaned 80 yr old old varnished wood easily by brushing on a supersaturated solution. Apply. Wait. Brush vigorously with a stiff brush [a cut-down old paintbrush works well]. Hose off with water. Dry in the sun.
See my response to Patriarch.
However, varnish isn't really paint. Apparently, it will also work on latex paint. But, I've been doing a lot of googling lately, and haven't found any sites saying it will work on oil-based paint. Clean paint, yes; strip paint, no. If you've got a link, I'd appreciate it if you'd post it.
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