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NONPROCESS SOLVENT USE IN THE FURNITURE REFINISHING AND REPAIR INDUSTRY: EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE CHEMICAL STRIPPERS
Turner, S. NONPROCESS SOLVENT USE IN THE FURNITURE REFINISHING AND REPAIR INDUSTRY: EVALUATION OF ALTERNATIVE CHEMICAL STRIPPERS. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/R-96/015 (NTIS PB96-153416), 1996.
The report gives results of an evaluation of the feasibility of using alternatives to high volatile organic compound/hazardous air pollutant (VOC/HAP) solvent-based, chemical strippers that are currently used in the furniture repair and refinishing industry to remove both traditional high-VOC lacquer and emerging, low-VOC, wood furniture coatings. Five alternative chemical strippers, consisting of one industrial and four retail chemical strippers, were screened. Objectives of the research were to: (1) conduct a laboratory evaluation of the performance of five alternative chemical stripper formulations and compare their performance to that of a traditional solvent-based chemical stripper formulation on three coating types found on wood furniture substrates, and (2) assess, in a furniture refinishing facility, the use of the best performing alternative chemical stripper on traditional furniture coatings and new, emerging, low-VOC furniture coatings. Alternative chemical strippers were evaluated based on their stripping effectiveness compared to a methylene-
chloride-based stripper. A panel experienced in chemical stripping evaluated the samples and selected the most effective chemical stripper for further evaluation. An on-site assessment of the best performing alternative chemical stripper from the screening evaluation took place at a Durham, NC, refinishing facility.