“ Brand: Nitromors / Type: Varnish / Category: Cleaning & Disinfectant „
As the name of this product states it is a paint and varnish remover, it comes in a five hundred millilitre metal tin for just short of five pounds,
It is a liquid substance but it quite a thick consistency but not gloopy, I have used this to strip back all the wood on my stairs, hall and landing as it had fifty years of paint build up and I wanted to take it back to natural wood.
I used a paint brush to apply this to the painted areas, I was careful with it but didn't bother to cover the flooring to protect it as we were having new floors so luckily it didn't matter if it got damaaged which it did as the bits that ran off the skirting boards eroded holes in the carpet and blistered the laminate floor so protect your areas and your skin as this is potent stuff.
It takes about a minute to see it working and you start to see it blistering the paint which you can scrape away at this point, I did this with the blade of a wall paper scraper and this worked realy well, you have to repeat this for all the layers and realy work it into the seams on the wood.
I found this to work realy well it takes a lot less time than sanding the wood and wholst it does smell realy potent it didn't give me a head ache or make my chest bad but you do have to be quick with it as it started to eat my paint brush after about an hour and you must be very careful not to get this on your skin as it will burn, depending on how many layers there are will depend on how much you need but it is the best paint remover I have tryed.
I remember my Dad using this stuff years ago when he was removing layers of paint from old doors. I had a similar job to do in that an old table had loads of varnish on it and I wanted to get it back to the real wood which I thought was oak. Also the legs of the table had been painted so this 2 in 1 product to remove both paint and varnish seemed the ideal choice.
I baulked a bit at the price from my local DIY store - about a fiver for 500ml, but wanted to get started so bought it and went straight home to start straightaway.
Firstly, please understand that this is strong and nasty stuff. If it is strong enough to remove paint and varnish then it isn't going to be kind to your skin, so you must take all the precautions stated on the tin. Of particular importance is the need to keep the area ventilated. I undertook the task in the garage with the garage door open.
When I first used the product on the first plank of the table top, I was a bit disappointed, but for the next bit I splooshed a bit more on and the result was better. You could see the semi-gel stuff fizzing on the surface. It stunk!
You have to keep going back, doing it in bits. I found it was best to also use a shave hook once the stuff has done its job. You are advised to let the leftover gunge dry before dispensing with it, so I wrapped the whole lot up in newspaper at the end of the job and threw it in the bin.
As for the result? Well, it took some time but the overall result was a qualified success, I would say. It certainly made the task a lot easier than it otherwise would have done, but don't expect every little bit of paint and varnish to be removed unless you have got into all the nooks and crannies. The table top was fine and with a good sanding and washing, a lovely oak top was revealed. Great! On the legs however, there was some carving and probably because I didn't work the Nitromors right into the carved bits, I had to struggle for ages with bradawl, sandpaper and cloths to get it all off. Eventually, it was all done and I would concede that is I had used more Nitromors at the outset, I maybe wouldn't have had this problem to the same degree.
Be careful if you are using this stuff on glued joints as it will loosen them for you as well!
I used an old brush to apply the Nitromors and some old gloves. Both were partly eaten through by the time I had finished so again, it's worth stressing - treat this stuff with respect!
It all began when we bought our first house, with the most hideously painted radiators on the planet - no exaggeration! Having decided on a colour scheme for the room, the radiator's are now looking out of place and need to be blended in to the ambience of the room. Thinking it would be a simply job, I began to dab a little Hammerite paint on. This resulted in an appalling outcome - the paint simply clotted, so i knew then that something else was needed. I enquired at my local B & Q and found that the name Nitromors was given a lot of faith, so at £6.98 for 1 litre I thought i'd give it a go.
The product comes in a green metal container with a safety opening cap, so you can't accidentally open it and potentially cause a spillage. The claims made on the tin are that it is "tough on paint, kind to wood" - not that I would be applying this to wood - I have a separate heat gun for that purpose. It sounded ideal, in that it stated that Nitromors strips up to 15 layers! - that should more than suffice.
The big toxic label on the back gives an indication of why this product needs to be used with care. It is advised that, whenever possible, you work outdoors with Nitromors - as my radiators would have caused too much hassle to be dismantled, I opted for using the product in a well ventilated room.
The shelf life of the product is 12 months, provided the container remains unopened. In terms of coverage, 1 litre of Nitromors can cover 2/3 square metres. In my case, just under half the tin has managed to coat and strip one 150cm radiator. I prepared the area by placing newspapers beneath the radiator to catch all the bits that were due to drop off. I dabbed a little of the toxic substance, using a brush onto the radiator and then waited for 5 minutes, during which time the paint had begun to blister. After this period of time, it is suggested that more Nitromors is worked into the area, which I promptly did - the results were amazing, to say the least, the paint, effortlessly began to blister off! the fact that this is a non-drip formula meant that I could be very technical with it and apply it exactly where I wanted. I had to wait 20 minutes, then remove the blistered pain with a stripping knife - the sheer satisfaction of seeing the paint drop to the floor left me speechless. Any remaining bits of paint were removed using a wire brush. This done, I washed the radiator down with some fairy in cold water, to get rid of the product.
Cleaning the area at the end involved disposing of the newspapers, once it had dried, in the bin. I cleaned the brush I used with warm soapy water and have it at arms reach for the next radiator.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a potentially harmful substance, so there are a few warning notes on the tin. It contains Dichloromethane and methanol - both of which don't sound like products that are human friendly. I didn't feel the need to wear gloves as I did not plan on using items like iron wool, to get up close and personal with the liquid, but you are advised to use gloves/eye protection and suitable clothing.
In conclusion, this product, without a doubt works and is a valuable resource to be in the know about.
This product is absolutley fantastic for removing paint or gloss.
It comes in a metal tin, you will understand why when you see how quickly it disolves things.
To use this I brushed it streight onto my wood work in the hall to remove the gloss paint, it was quite thich as there was 40 years of paint in there so I had to re do the same areas a few times as this only removes about 3 layers of paint at a time, you brush it on and in less than 5 minutes can run a wall paper scraper over the area to remove the paint as it blisters and peels right off.
It is fantastic for removing paint but be very careful with it, I used rubber gloves so that I wouldnt get any on my hands and it melted the gloves into holes, it also ruined my laminate floor at the bottom of the door frames where it rand down so protect all areas when using as this stuff blisters and peels anything.
The reason for writting this review is because I suffered such ill effects after using this chemical. Unwisely I used this chemical for paint stripping in an indoor but well ventilated environment for over five hours. The following day I suffered a blinding headache and vommiting. Any time saved from using this product instead of a heat gun was lost due to me being layed up for a day!. After some reading I discovered that the active ingredient is Dichloromethane. Using this chemical as a paint stripper has caused several deaths although the circumstances were always fairly extreme i.e. when the agent was used in an unventilated environment. The deaths were due to the chemical being absorbed into the body by breathing the fumes, the chemical then had an effect on the central nervous system leading to narcosis and respiratory arrest (breathing stops). It has no recorded long term effects. Overall I would use this agent again as I am sure it is safe if used sensibly. The chemical is excreted from the body by the same way it gets in, that is via the lungs. I would recommed maximum ventilation and use of the chemical for no longer than 1 hour and then taking a 1 hour break. If posible invest in a respirator. The product is certainly effective but requires patience. I found the best way when used on a very heavily painted surface was to apply a coat wait until the paint blisters (about ten minutes) and then remove this layer with a wire brush. Reapply, wait until blistering occurs again, apply a second thick coat and then wait at least 20 minutes. scrape off the softened paint with a shavehook (scraper tool). Several applications may be required. On flat surfaces this chemical can not compete with a heat gun in terms of speed of paint removal, its main advantage is removing paint from areas of moulding or carving were the heat gun or scraper tool might damage the wood. However it is far more time consuming than a heat gun and personally
I would opt to send most of this type of woodwork to be acid bathed. A final word of caution, this agent dissolves the plastic handles of cheep paint brushes.
If you were a bit fed-up and at a loss for something to do yesterday you may well have read an opinion I wrote about using a power devil heat gun for removing paint. Now, whilst the heat gun is great at tackling flat surfaces for removing paint, it does struggle a little with any carved wood – elaborate designs that may be a little fiddly to target the heat gun with. So, to finish the job off I visited my local DIY superstore last night and asked if they could advise me on any good strippers (yes, I realise that joke is getting a bit thin now, but still it’s the best I can come up with). The main brand they stocked was ‘Nitromors’ – it’s available in both 1 litre and 5 litre tins so best to consider just how much paint you need removing, on the back of the tin it advises you the area one litre can cover – so you should get a rough idea how many tins you need to buy. Whilst you’re in the DIY store you may as well pick up some rubber gloves, as well as a set of safety goggles too, yes you may look like a prat wearing all of this gear but safety is very important when using this stuff. Now, before you start to use Nitromors it’s very important that you read the safety instructions on the back of the tin. Nitromors should be used in a well ventilated area as the fumes could become quiet overpowering if used in a confined space – this is why it also advices not to use this substance in places such as basements or under stairs. Next it’s time to put those rubber gloves on because the paint stripper is very corrosive (obviously) and it can burn your skin should it come into contact with you (as I found last night, because I forgot to use gloves!). So, you’ve got your gloves and goggles on (to protect your eyes from falling paint) – what now? First up you’ll need to find a suitable container to put the Nitromors in, I used an old tin pan that we neve
r use – you’ll also need some clean brushes to apply the stripper with. Nitromors needs two applications to make it work – you basically apply it the same as you would if you were painting the wood. Using your brush you cover the wood with a fine layer – not too thick then leave the wood for five minutes. During these five minutes you may notice the paint begins to blister a little (similar to the effects of a heat gun). Once the five minutes are up you need to apply another coating of Nitromors to the same area, this time working the liquid more into the blisters themselves. Once you’ve treated the area you need to leave it for twenty minutes this time – this obviously gives you an ideal opportunity to make a cup of tea! During this twenty minute wait the chemicals in the Nitromors really get to work in attacking the paint, on the label it claims that Nitromors can penetrate up to fifteen layers of paint and I can certainly believe them. Once the twenty minutes is up, you then use a paint scraper (I’d recommend a tool called a ‘shaving hook’ for getting into the nooks and cranny’s, basically it’s a sharp triangle that you use to get into little crevices and getting paint out of hard to reach places. The Nitromors makes the paint just peel away very easily indeed, exposing the natural wood that has been hiding underneath dozens of coats of paint for all those years. Using this stuff could obviously be a bit messy, but if you put down some newspaper first for the paint to land on then you should be okay – plus the non-drip formula of the liquid stripper means that it should be easy enough for you to handle. It really is quite easy to use and the safety instructions are pretty straightforward really. At around £5 it may sound a little pricey, but it really is worth getting hold of the stuff and trying it out for yourself. Simple to apply, it gives i
nstant (well, in 25 minutes) results that leave a great finish for you to repaint, varnish or do whatever you want to really! Nitromors should be available from most DIY Superstores including B&Q, Homesbase, Focus DIY and Wickes.
Having never been a homeowner before, I could never understand what all the fuss was about when it came to DIY. Now that I actually do own a home, I can understand it completely! We have been very into buying or acquiring old furniture and renovating this to suit our own tastes. This brings me onto discuss varnish strippers (or rather, Nitromors liquid varnish remover). Nitromors works like a dream. The instructions can look really daunting to begin with, but it is so easy once you get into it. Don’t get me wrong, its not pleasant stuff to use (one sniff and you will be high as a kite), but it removed varnish and other stubborn stains with ease and leaves the wood looking quite bleached, making a good surface for a wood dye. Now that I have confidence in the product, I will also be using the liquid paint stripper on my internal woodwork. If the finish and ease of use is the same, then I will have beautiful woodwork in my house.