TM-1 Liquid Remover

Product Details

This product is specially formulated to remove varnish, paint, enamel, polyurethane, lacquer and shellac. Ideal for both dipping and brushing applications. For vertical or heavily coated surfaces, we recommend Old Master® TM-4 Heavy-Duty Remover to complement TM-1 Liquid Remover.

Directions

Where to Use
TM-1 Liquid Remover is recommended for use on wood, metal or masonry surfaces. Excellent for use on furniture, antiques and carved surfaces.

Before you Begin
• Read all cautions on side panel carefully.
• SHAKE WELL before using.
• Use caution when opening can as remover may build up pressure through temperature changes.
• Hold rag over cap until pressure is released.
• Protect hands with plastic (polyethylene or neoprene) gloves.
• Use old, inexpensive or throw-away bristle brush for application.
• For best results, use when temperature is between 60° and 85°F. Apply away from strong breezes and hot sun.
• Do not use on linoleum, rubber, asphalt or other synthetics.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 • This product will not affect glue or other adhesives and will not interfere with refinishing.

To Apply and Remove

1. Apply a liberal coat of TM-1 to project surface with a bristle brush, brushing in one direction only. Do not brush out as you would paint – as this will destroy evaporation retardant.
2. Allow TM-1 to soften the finish, approximately 30 minutes depending on the number of layers of the old finish. The old finish is ready for removal when it blisters, wrinkles or can be lifted off easily with a flat scraper.
3. Use a round-cornered scraper, steel wool and/or burlap cloth to remove old finish. Test scrape in a small area to be sure finish is ready for removal. If old finish removes easily, continue scraping project gently in the direction of the wood grain. Be careful to avoid gouging the surface.
4. If finish is particularly stubborn, remove loose residue by scraping, then repeat application. For deep carving and recesses use a toothbrush, fine wire brush or a pointed stick to remove finish.
5. To complete cleaning, use fine steel wool dipped in TM-1 and wipe with the grain.
6. Wipe surface with clean cloth, then let dry.

To Refinish
Allow the surface to dry thoroughly. Sand lightly in the direction of the woodgrain before applying the new finish.

EPA VOC: 813 g/L (6.7 lbs/gal)

Actual VOC: 374 g/L (3.1 lbs/gal)

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Removing Old Finishes

Removing paints and clear finishes can be a tedious, dirty job. Thankfully, Old Masters® top-grade removers quickly strip away previous finishes with ease. Use the following section for typical removal instructions.

  1. Apply a liberal coat of remover to project surface with a bristle brush, brushing in one direction only. Do not brush out as you would paint – as this will destroy evaporation retardant.
  2. Allow the remover to soften the finish, approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the number of layers of the old finish. The old finish is ready for removal when it blisters, wrinkles or can be lifted off easily with a flat scraper.
  3. To remove finish, you can use a round-cornered scraper, steel wool and/or burlap cloth to remove old finish.
  4. If finish is particularly stubborn, remove loose residue by scraping, then repeat application.
  5. To complete cleaning on most projects, use fine steel wool dipped in TM-1 or mineral spirits and wipe with the grain.
  6. Wipe surface with clean cloth, then lightly dry.
  7. Once surface is completely dry, sand lightly in the direction of the woodgrain before applying the new finish.

(Do not use on linoleum, rubber, asphalt or other synthetics.)

WARNING! If you scrape, sand or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. Contact the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to www.epa.gov/lead.

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