Lacquer Remover

The term 'lacquer' originally referred to wood finishes that dried by the evaporation of solvent from the blend. Today, 'lacquer' is used more generally to refer to paints and coatings that dry to an unusually hard and smooth surface consisting of almost any polymer dissolved in solvent. You could encounter lacquer coatings in almost any application. Like other coatings, the chemistry of lacquers varies greatly leaving one wondering how to remove lacquer from a restoration project. When the need arises, you remove lacquer as you would other types of coatings.

There are a number of methods that can be employed to remove lacquer: The more familiar include, media blasting, high pressure water blasting, grinding or sanding, heat, laser, chemical strippers, or some combination of these approaches. Chemical strippers offer significant advantages over other methods for removing varnish: much lower airborne contaminants than media blasting, less effluent waste than high pressure water, less risk of substrate damage than heating, grinding, blasting, or lasers, and no need for costly application equipment. Chemical strippers do, however, have some environmental, health, and safety issues that must be considered. In the past, dangerous materials which comprise toxic poisons, carcinogens, severe skin irritants, hazardous air pollutants, and toxic wastes, were used as effective lacquer removers but, posed severe risks to the users and the environment. Fortunately, safer products are available today like our RonJohn® paint and adhesive removers which are blends of raw materials that pose lower risk but, have powerful solvency.

How to Remove Lacquer:

  1. Apply your RonJohn® lacquer remover by immersion, brush, or spray.
  2. Allow the solvent time to soften the varnish (the amount of time necessary will vary by paint type, thickness, and temperature).
  3. Once the lacquer is softened, scrape it off with a sharp putty knife or paint scrapper.
  4. Reapply and scrape if necessary.
  5. To remove lacquer from textured surface or for removal of stain from wood, rub with scotchbrite type pad or fine steel wool.
  6. Clean residue from surface and allow to dry.

We have great products for your lacquer removing project whether it's wood, metal, masonry, or fiberglass. Our RonJohn® products make quick work of most lacquer removing jobs even if you are dealing with tough polyurethane, oil based, or epoxy. And, you don't have to worry about raising wood grain with RonJohn®. Fast, effective, and safe, our products have many uses around the home, refinishing shop, and work place: From clean-up of equipment and over spray to removing tough wood and metal varnishes.

RonJohn® Liquid Strip quickly cuts through varnishes, polyurethane, latex, acrylic, enamel, and epoxy paints. And, it is great for cleaning application equipment. This product conforms to CARB's VOC requirements for a number of applications due to its low partial vapor pressure.

RonJohn® Auto Strip is a medium viscosity gel specifically designed for effectiveness on automotive paint systems. This is the safest, most effective formula we have developed for removing both OEM and aftermarket automotive paint systems. It's also the best we offer for removing powder coat. It contains no chlorinated solvents.

RonJohn® Dip Strip is a fast acting paint remover with a mineral oil cap to reduce emissions when heated in a dip tank. This product conforms to CARB's VOC requirements for a number of applications due to its low partial vapor pressure. Certified to Air Force MIL-PRF-83936C for use for aircraft paint removal. NSN:8010-01-374-4336.

RonJohn® Gel Strip is a high viscosity version of RonJohn® Liquid Strip. It works well on the same types of materials but, its extra thickness keeps it in place on non-horizontal applications. It stays in place and does the job. RonJohn® Gel Strip conforms with CARB's VOC requirements for a number of applications due to its low partial vapor pressure.

RonJohn® TK-10 General Purpose is a low VOC solvent for general purpose cleaning and removal of uncured coatings, adhesives, and over spray. With about 20% VOC content it is compliant in all states except California where only some regions have exempted one of its components, tertiary butyl acetate. RonJohn® TK-10 General Purpose is great for removal of many water-based adhesives, paint and foam over spray, and uncured materials.


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