Help and Advice

Wood grain furring occurs on pine and soft woods, pitch pine can also fur after stripping.

Wood grain furring occurs when going through the paint stripping process.

Wood that has previously been varnished will tend to fur more.

The fur is caused by the grain opening creating a velvet like surface.

Grain furring will differ depending on how the wood has been washed after stripping.

High pressure will cause more furring.

  • Allow the wood to COMPLETELY DRY
  • Dilute a light varnish or sanding sealer
  • Paint or spray over the affected area
  • Lightly sand off

The alternative is to just sand the wood.

It is very important NOT to attempt to sand damp wood. The surface must always be COMPLETELY DRY

Start sanding using a course grade sandpaper and work up to a finer grade.

PLEASE NOTE: This method is more time consuming and there is a possibility of causing damage with course sandpaper.

A test patch is especially important when tackling a large surface area
  • You get the feel for the product
  • How much product to use
  • The time it takes to strip
In the long run this will save you time, effort and money.

Coatings Vary

  • Thickness coating
  • Type of copating
  • Age of coating

All of the above will affect how much product you need to use and how long your item will take to strip

Apply Enough Product

It can be a costly mistake to spread the product too thin. The correct application is extremely important. Always apply a generous even coat, it will NOT work effectively if too thin a coat of paint stripper is applied.

When to Remove

Check a small area for penetration to see if the softened coating is ready to remove. Only remove when you are down to the substrate (wood, metal etc) Removing the product before it’s had chance to penetrate the bottom layers will result in re-applying wasting product and time.

What is it?

Paint remover is a water based DCM free gel paint remover containing an active solvent blend with surfactants and other additives to give optimum performance on a wide spectrum of paints, varnishes and other coatings.

What can I use it for?

Paint remover can be used for removing paint both solvent based paints and modern water based paints, varnishes, lacquers, external sealers and even artex finishes. Enviromose can remove these coatings from wood, metal, alloys, car panels/body, powder coating, aluminium, brick, stone, driveways and most building surfaces.

Where can I use it?

Internally for walls, ceilings, hallways, staircases etc. Externally on renders, brickwork, sheds, decking, driveways, gates and railings. It will work on most substrates WOOD – always test a small area before use. METAL - safe on most metals, steel will rust once the coating is removed. Alloys and aluminium if leaving for long periods test a small area first.

How does Non Methylene Chloride differ in use to Methylene Chloride?
  • Opaque gel consistency to aid visibility and application to vertical surfaces
  • Slower evaporation and hence longer stripping time
  • Does not initially blister the paint and flash off
  • Activates a chemical reaction, which continues through several layers of paint
  • Less need for re-application.

Is it Hazards?

Always ventilate the area well, and wear suitable protective clothing, goggles and gloves. The product is not hazardous if sensible precautions are taken. Remember to protect all surrounding areas before commencing work. When using externally protect grass, always protect surround areas.

IMPORTANT:Read through all of the instructions before commencing.

How long does it take for different coatings?


  • Powder coating 60 Mins-24 Hours
  • Alkyd gloss paint 5 – 30 Minutes
  • Varnishes single pack 5 – 30 Minutes
  • Varnishes two pack 60 – 240 Minutes
  • Varnishes intumescent 60 Minutes - Overnight
  • Lacquers two pack 4 Hours +
  • Multi layered Paintwork 90 Minutes to overnight
  • Always test a small area first – multi layers benefit from applying a second coat

What is the Coverage?

Approximately 1- 4 m² per Litre, depending on the coating thickness and how much is applied.

Coatings Vary
  • Thickness of paint or varnish
  • Type of coating
  • Oven baked coatings
  • Modern lacquers
  • UV Damaged coatingst

Temperature Matters

The weather will be a factor when using products outside. Don’t start your job when it is windy. Do not apply during rain or if rain is forecast within the application period. Use when the temperature is between 10°C and 30 °C. It works better in warmer weather, however too hot will start to dry the product out. Interior paint stripping will also be affected by severe cold or extremely hot temperatures

All of the above will affect how much product you will need to use and how long your item will take to strip

What tips can you give me for best performance?
  • Never Apply Too Litttle: The correct application is important. Do not try to spread the product too far as this will result in poor penetration, always apply generous even coats, too thin a coat of paint stripper will only remove some of the surface and you will risk it drying out.
  • Never Allow To Dry Out: To prevent drying out re-apply product if necessary, do not remove the first coat, add more on top. Your item must be wet with paint stripper at all times. You can cover with plastic to prevent drying.
  • Let The Paint Stripper Do The Work: Once your item is thickly coated, allow the paint stripper to do its work, do not try to remove too quickly, leave the paint stripper to penetrate through the layers, don’t scrape and scrub. Scrapping away the product before it’s had chance to penetrate the bottom layers will result in re-applying wasting product and time.

    For Driveways or heavily coated items we recommend covering and leaving overnight use plastic, bin liners, tarpaulin etc to prevent drying.

To Determine Working Times

To establish correct removal timings, suitability and compatibility, always test an inconspicuous area before use.

  • Create 6 small test samples of no more than 50mm round with the liquid generously applied.
  • Apply the 6 samples at the same time - spaced sufficiently apart to allow individual washing and removal.
  • Remove 1 sample at a time, at 30 minute intervals.
  • This will give you the correct timing for the product; whichever sample is perfectly clean after washing - This is the timing you will need for the whole area.

Apply a generous even coat 4mm thick, do not brush out.

What do I do if I have to leave overnight?

Cover with plastic sheeting to protect.

When to Remove

Only scrape the softened paint/varnish off when you are down to the substrate (wood, metal, stone etc) check a small area for penetration to see if it is ready to remove.

How do I remove it? Used externally after the product has penetrated into the substrate, all the coating can be easily removed using a power washer. Alternatively, a stiff deck brush and running water can be used.

Used indoors a scraper and cloth can be used to remove the residue if required you can wipe down with water.


Some lacquers can be difficult to remove and only soften, to help remove, it can be scrubbed off wood or metal with a Stainless Steel pan scrub.

IMPORTANT: It It MUST be a steel scrub as this won’t mark the substrate. Do not use WIRE WOOL.

How do I clean brushes and other equipment? Wash immediately after use with soapy water.

Is the Smell unpleasant? The product has a very slight almond smell and is not considered unpleasant.

What about children and pets? The area being stripped should be protected and children and pets must be kept away from the Paint Remover.

Will it remove Graffiti? Yes, as long as the graffiti is on an unpainted surface.

Please contact us if you would like some advice on your paint stripping job.

To establish the correct removal timings and suitability.

Always test an inconspicuous area before use by creating six small test samples of no more than 50mm round with the liquid generously applied.

Approximately 1m² per litre

Ensure the surface to be stripped is dry before applying

  • Apply six samples at the same time
  • Spaced sufficiently apart to allow individual washing and removal
  • Remove one sample at a time at 30 minute intervals
  • This will give the correct timing for the product
  • Wash the area and whichever sample is perfectly clean will be the timing you will need for the whole area

Oil and Grease Remover - SP25

Heavy duty degreasing cleaner for stone, brick and concrete.

For use on garage floors, forecourts, paths, driveways and any area contaminated with oil and grease.

Product Description
  • Powerful and effective degreasing cleaner.
  • Will remove stubborn greasy stains and soiling caused by atmospheric and industrial pollution.
  • Formulated with biodegradable components.
  • Particularly suitable for horizontal substrates (floors, paved ground surfaces) can be used on various indoor and outdoor surfaces (concrete, cement, natural and artificial stone, terracotta, tiling, stoneware, marble, etc.)
  • Does not alter the appearance or aesthetics of surfaces being treated.
  • Always test a small area first.

Chemical composition
  • Blend of active chemicals

Advantages and Characteristics
  • Non-corrosive to most surfaces. (When Diluted) Do not use neat on aluminium.
  • Biodegradable
  • Easy to use
  • Water-borne product
  • Does not alter the treated surface
  • Particularly suitable for horizontal surfaces

Technical Data
  • Physical State at 20 °C : Liquid
  • Odour : Mild characteristic odour
  • pH : 13 ± 0.5
  • Boiling point [°C] : 100 °C
  • Density : 1.06
  • Solubility in water [vol/vol] : Fully soluble
  • Flash Point [°C] : Not applicable
  • VOC : 80 g/l


Always test on a small hidden portion of the substrate before applying.

  • Can be used neat on heavy contamination or diluted by adding 1 part product with up to 20 parts water depending on the staining to be removed
  • Heavily contaminated greasy surfaces e.g. Garage, workshops - use neat
  • kitchen floors - 1part product to 5-10parts water
  • Use a low pressure hand spray unit or brush
  • Apply the product liberally
  • Allow the product to act for: > 1-2 minutes for lightly soiled surfaces > 5-10 minutes for heavily soiled surfaces > For removing deep penetrating lubricating oil and stains, it may be necessary to apply the product twice, allowing 10 minutes between applications
  • Whilst the surface is still wet, thoroughly rinse with a high pressure water jet at 80-100 bar For optimum results use hot water at around 80°C, and vacuum up using a wet and dry vacuum
  • Treated substrates may not need to be neutralised (test)

Application Rate

The figures below are approximate and should be used only as a general guideline:
5 -15 m² / litre.

Cleaning Equipment

Clean tools and equipment immediately after use with water.

  • Keep in a cool, dry place
  • Keep away from extreme cold, do not store in conditions below 5°C
  • Shelf Life: 24 months in unopened containers, stored in recommended conditions


Do not apply during rain or frost and when surface and air temperature is below 5°C or Above 30°C

Do not dilute or mix with any other product

First Aid
  • Skin contact – wash affected area with soap and water
  • Eye contact – flush with plenty of water for the minimum of 15 minutes Seek Medical Advice
  • If Swallowed or Breathing Difficulties or you fell unwell Seek Medical Advice Immediately (Show label where possible)

  • Harmful in contact with skin. Causes Burns
  • Limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect
  • Keep locked up and out of the reach of children and animals
  • Irritating to skin, eyes and respiratory system

Hot air gun health issues

A method frequently used is to remove the bulk of paint using a Hot Air Gun, followed by a paint stripper to remove the bottom remaining layer of paint.

We do not recommend this technique.

By heating up the paint you are releasing lead and toxins into the atmosphere.

This has been proven to have a detrimental effect on brain function especially in children.

Some UK councils are holding meetings considering whether to ban the use of Hot Air Paint Stripping Guns for use in the home.

Using a liquid paint stripper you are trapping the lead and toxins in the liquid, therefore, it is not being released into the atmosphere.

Industrial Use

We recommend Paramose Industrial Paint and Varnish Remover – THICK

If you are sand or shot blasting, apply the paint stripper and allow to dry, this makes the lacquer brittle so it blasts off quicker.

If washing off, blast with a hot wash, the paint stripper must be left on a while, sometimes the lacquer only softens, using a STAINLESS STEEL scrub will help remove the softened lacquer.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT use a metal scrub this will cause damage to the surface.


We recommend Enviromose Pro Grade Paint Stripper.

Apply a very thick layer and leave for as long as possible up to 12 hours plus, press onto the surface plastic sheets to prevent any evaporation.

Wash off using a pressure washer or soap and water and a STAINLESS STEEL scrub.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT use a metal scrub this will cause damage to the surface.

Both products will work more efficiently in a warmer temperature.

In Help and Advice please see: How to get the best results from your paint stripper