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Friday, September 04, 2015


I recently stripped and refinished a 3000 sq. ft floor in a doctorís office and I had a lot of trouble getting the old finish off. I used two kinds of stripper (Phase 1 and Liquid Dynamite) and scrubbed with black pads. I also used a Rotovac 360 with my truck mount. I finally just put finish down and figured I'd try to re-strip next month.


Assuming that you are convinced your stripper is superior, your next attempt should include increasing the aggression, stripper-solution concentration, water temperature and dwell time. Did you allow the stripping solution to dwell for 10 to 15 minutes before you began the stripping process? This is a critical step and many people fail to allow adequate dwell time.
1) You can increase the aggression by using a build-up removal pad.
2) Use the stripper as strong as the label allows.
3) Apply a heavier coat of stripper for maximum dwell time. Donít let it dry!
Most importantly, be prepared to repeat the strip operation up to three times. I trust you priced the job high enough to cover the aggravation, wasted finish, and extra strip operation.
Gary Clipperton
National Pro Clean Corp.
(719) 598-5112