How to Strip a Surface or Remove a Finish

finishReal Milk Paint works on both finished and unfinished surfaces, but sometimes, you want to start with a clean slate to achieve the look you want. Fortunately, the process of how to remove a finish is relatively simple when you have an arsenal of paint removal and stripping products by The Real Milk Paint Co. on your side. Our low and no volatile organic compound (VOC) formulations offer a safe, effective way to prepare surfaces for some fresh coats of Real Milk Paint or our various finishing oils, cremes and waxes. Keep in mind you should always wear gloves, safety glasses, pants and a long-sleeved shirt while working with paint and finish stripping products for added safety and peace of mind.

How to Remove a Finish with Soy Gel Paint Remover

Soy Gel Paint Remover provides maximum versatility to your workspace. From enamel or latex paints and single-component sealers to urethane, varnishes and shellacs, Soy Gel Paint Remover strips away existing finishes. In addition to these finishes, it also works on lead-based paints, suspending the toxic particles in its gel formulation for safe cleanup. To use this low VOC product, simply apply it to the surface you wish to strip, allow it to absorb into the existing finish for about 20 minutes or until it bubbles, then wipe it away or scrape it off with a spatula. For thicker layers, add plastic wrap over the area, wait a bit, then try again as keeping the formulation moist provides more time for it to pull up stubborn spots.

How to Strip a Surface with Milk Paint Stripper Remover

Paint RemoversMilk Paint Stripper Remover from The Real Milk Paint Co. offers a safe, effective way to eliminate old paint from flooring and furnishings you wish to refinish. It works as-is on previous milk paint applications.  Though it may work to use it to remove modern oil paints, varnishes, shellacs and stains it may be better to use Soy Gel for these . Simply mix the powdered formulation with water to your desired amount of thickness, apply it like a creme on the surface you wish to strip, then watch as it dissolves up to eight layers of old paint. After 20 minutes or more, either wipe it up with a cloth or push it into a container with a putty knife. Because it contains no toxic ingredients, acids or flammable chemicals, Milk Paint Stripper Remover works well in indoor work spaces. Keep the Milk Paint Remover wet with water in a mist bottle to keep the action working 

How to Remove Iron Stains from Wood

When upcycling old furniture or restoring antiques, you may find iron stains from time, use or simply damp hardware sitting against the surface. In those cases, Oxalic Acid Wood Bleach Remover by The Real Milk Paint Co. has you covered with a formulation designed to remove stains without discoloring the wood beneath. To use this product, simply mix two tablespoons of it into hot water, then apply it to the spots that need cleaning with an appropriately sized brush. Next, let it dry to see if the stain remains. If it’s still there, repeat this process up to four times to get the results you require. Keep in mind you need to neutralize the acid solution once you complete the stain removal task. To do this, dissolve some borax in hot water, saturate a rag with the mixture, wipe down the spot where you used Oxalic Acid Wood Bleach Remover and allow the area to dry.

How to Clean Finished Surfaces for Fresh Application

If you want to apply Real Milk Paint to already finished surfaces, you don’t need to know how to strip a surface, just how to effectively clean it. Tri-Sodium Phosphate cleaner from The Real Milk Paint Co. fills the bill in this regard with a formulation designed to clear soot, dirt and grime. First, protect yourself with gloves and safety glasses, as this concentrated cleaner contains powerful chemicals. Next, mix two tablespoons of Tri-Sodium Phosphate with a gallon of water for use. When the product dissolves, simply wipe it across surfaces that need thorough cleaning, let them dry and then start painting or staining. Tri-Sodium Phosphate leaves no residue behind, eliminating the need for more preparation.