PAINT stripping options have increased with the introduction of a revolutionary new infra-red burner, which is particularly good for removing lead paint.
This 240V-powered stripper is on trial at 20 branches across the Kennards network.
Kennards' Rocklea branch in Queensland, which is leading the trial, says most feedback has been very good.
The Swedish-developed heater uses infra-red heat, a low temperature deep heat that penetrates the wood, and draws the moisture and resins in the wood to the surface.
The machine is silent, very quick and uses no environmentally hazardous chemicals. It can be used on both paint and varnish and either indoors or outdoors. Heat is applied for 20-40 seconds indoors and 30-90 seconds outdoors.
The paint or varnish bubbles up and is removed with a special scraper.
The burner’s low operating temperature means that infra-red heat does not burn the wood. It is safer for use on lead paint as no plumbic (lead) gases are released at this low temperature.
The unit measures 370mm x 170mm x 160mm and weighs 1.9kg. It heats an area 310mm x 125mm.
The burner can be used around windows, where the stripper is tilted at an angle and the glass protected by a masonite strip covered in aluminium foil.
Kennards also has electric hot air paint strippers, as well as a LPG-powered model.