Jasco's new Green Strip is completely free of two hazardous chemicals commonly found in paint strippers: methylene chloride (a suspected carcinogen) and N-Methylpyrrolidone (NMP, suspected to cause reproductive toxicity). According to Jasco, Green Strip is biodegradable, low VOC, low-odor and safe to use indoors. Green Strip removes clear finishes such as shellac, lacquer and both polyurethane and non-polyurethane varnish, as well as both latex and epoxy paint. It's working time ranges from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the nature of the finish, the number of layers, the air temperature and relative humidity. Green Strip's gel consistency clings to vertical and carved surfaces and stays wet during the course of its working time, to minimize the need for recoating. It's even available in a trigger-spray bottle, to simplify covering hard-to-brush surfaces.
Homax Products, Inc., www.homaxproducts.com (800) 729-9029, Jasco Green Strip, $13 per 22-oz. trigger spray bottle, $25 per half-gallon, $17 per quart.