Always do a small test area to confirm performance and compatibility before starting any project and follow the manufacturer's instructions on the container at all times.
Some Points of Note
- Softwoods such as pine may darken slightly
- Oak can turn black after being in contact with caustic based products such as this product
- Mahogany may turn a purple hue
- Hardwood timbers such as fine Veneers, Hemlock and Douglas Fir may also darken after contact with Peelaway 1, which may be prohibitive when the natural wood appearance is desired
- In these situations, the use of a conventional Paint and Varnish Remover may be more appropriate
PeelAway 1 should not be used on gesso (a form of putty) mouldings sometimes used on carved fireplace surrounds. This product will work slower under 5°C and will not work if temperature falls below 0°C. PeelAway 1 will not remove some types of 2 pack epoxy coatings, baked enamels or cement based paints
Test patches are vital for this product. Mask off a small area and apply the paste at different thicknesses to determine which thickness is required to remove the coating. Leave each test area for up to 12 hours and see how effective each has been. It is recommended that 3 test strips are done, 1mm, 2mm and 3mm, before starting the project to determine how much PeelAway 1 is required to be effective.
- Apply PeelAway 1 with the supplied spatula or a synthetic brush
- Then apply the PeelAway blanket (supplied) over the paste and rub gently to ensure good adhesion and to remove any air bubbles
- The blanket delays the drying process, thus allowing the paste to work more effectively and should be left at least over night or up to 48 hours depending upon the results of the test patches - the more layers, the longer PeelAway should be left
- Once the paste has permeated all of the layers, the blanket can be removed with the Peelaway Easy Grip Stripping Knife (sold separately)
- The stripping knife can also be used to remove any remaining residual from the surface
- PeelAway 1 can be diluted with water for spray application through an airless spray system such as Wagner, Titan and Graco
- To thin the PeelAway for spraying, add between 10% and 15% water (maximum) and mix thoroughly to ensure that the water is evenly mixed with the product
- When spraying PeelAway, always wear protective overalls, goggles and a suitable face mask
Please Note: Surfaces that have been over-coated for many years may require PeelAway 7 first to deal with the more modern layers. These are the coatings applied from around 1970 onwards. PeelAway 1 is more effective on older coatings from the early 1970's and prior .
Neutralisation is an important step in this process, as moisture containing PeelAway 1 residue may bleed out of the substrate and raise the pH of the surface. This will affect not only the adhesive properties of future coatings but their appearance too.
- Mix 1 part Neutraliser with 1 part water
- Pour water into empty bucket then carefully add equal portion of PeelAway Neutraliser
- For plaster surfaces, dilute four parts water to 1 part PeelAway Neutraliser
- Pour diluted neutraliser into a garden type pressure sprayer or for smaller areas a hand-held trigger sprayer
- Start at the top and spray the entire surface until saturated
- Do not apply to surface in any way other than spraying as this may contaminate the Neutraliser
- Allow Neutraliser to remain on the surface until dry to the touch, but no less than 6 hours
- Neutralising effectiveness is maximised by scrubbing the surface once the Neutraliser has been sprayed on, but do not scrub plaster or gesso surfaces
- Rinse surface with a steady spray of clean water
- For external use apply sensible water pressure, enough to thoroughly rinse but not damage the surface
- Test pH level of the surface with pH paper supplied
- Most accurate testing is accomplished when the surface has been allowed to air dry for a minimum of 24 hours after the neutralising process (Instructions for using the pH testing papers are attached to the handle of PeelAway 1 Neutraliser container)
- Moisten surface with water and apply a small strip of pH paper to the surface and note colour change and compare with pH charts on the inside of the covers of the pH papers
- Any surface with pH of more than 8 should be re-neutralised and left to dry thoroughly before re-testing