eco-friendly paint & varnish remover
This is a project I did a few years ago and people always ask me how I did it. It is new to eco enthusiast, but the photos have been on flickr for a while.
A few years ago, I refinished 2 vintage Eames Herman Miller fiberglass chairs. I found them for really cheap on craigslist, and they were in poor condition. There were 2-3 coats of paint on them. I decided to take the risk and remove the paint. I went to the hardware store and found Mötsenöcker’s Lift Off®. This stuff is great because it is: Green Cross Certified, Low–VOC, Water–Based, Biodegradable, Safe for the Environment & User, and starts to work in just 5 minutes.
I was hesitant at first because I didn’t think an eco-friendly paint & varnish remover would work as well as a toxic one. To my surprise, it worked really well! Maybe even better than a toxic paint remover. The longer it sits, the better it works. I know it says it starts to work in 5 min, but I would let it sit for 30 min to 1 hour to get the best results. Here are some photos of my step by step process.