Benefits and advantages of the Invention; First benefit/advantage, the tape or blanket acts as a vapor barrier eliminating evaporation of active stripper ingredients allowing single applications to achieve the same results as many applications increasing the efficiency greatly, saving money - Secondly, the tape application is fast, simplifying delivery, alleviating Spraying, Rolling or Brushing – Maintaining the same uniform thickness. This Invention opens up many fields of application to strippers that were previously not possible. - Thirdly, it reduces the risk of the user coming in dangerous contact with the stripper, widening the fields of users.
There are a number of fields of use or applications: Fields that produce 10's of millions of dollars of paint removal annually; Automotive, Aviation, Marine, Swimming Pools, Removing Road Markings/Painted Lines for the DOT, Graffiti, General Construction (small painted houses to large apartment buildings) Retail (big box retailers) and Government. Note of interest; Stripping of aircraft accounts for almost 1/3 of all paint stripping in the USA and this patented process can greatly improve on these procedures.
This Invention increases the effectiveness of using stripper in each of the listed fields of use.
The Problem Solved by the Technology
One of the most exciting developments along side DOT painted Road Line Removal is Swimming pools, Swimming Pools need the built-up paint removed before re-plastering or re-painting. Sandblasting is to be outlawed in many areas of the country (due to the dangerous free silica dust laws) and grinding is costly and is time consuming, traditional applications of strippers are volatile to work around. With our invented (large size) stripper "Blanket", simply spray water on the pool surface, roll the large size Blanket on the painted surface, wait the dwell time (this is the time it takes the stripper to dissolve the paint), and then wash it away, very little handling, no smell, quick, safe (almost No VOC's). Lastly and very importantly, it is biodegradable too.
For Graffiti; in the industry of removing graffiti many caustic, volatile products are used, these products evaporate quickly resulting in the reapplication as well as serious damage to the substrate. The stripper tape is very user friendly, it is completely contained in the film package, eliminating evaporation along with reducing the need for additional applications. The stripper tape is MUCH safer to use (no splattering during applications) and when used with the "safe formula strippers" easy on the substrate.
How the Technology Solves the Problem
In brief, paint strippers evaporate in as little 10 minutes but need as much as two (2) hours to work. The invention (dissolvable tape filled with paint stripper) stops the evaporation of the active ingredients and allows the stripper to complete its intended job, while reducing VOC's, application time, and splattering. The tape filled with paint remover comes pre-packaged metering and distributing the correct amount of material to the target area
Cost effective and efficient - for example:
In the state of North Carolina alone, it has been estimated to be approximately 3 to 4 million feet of painted road lines are removed each year, there are only 3 methods for removal, all damage the asphalt (Grinding, High Pressure Water Blasting, and Sandblasting) Paint strippers have been used but have had problems in the past because the surfaces are typically very warm and it evaporates the stripper before it has a chance to dissolve the paint. The stripper tape, is made with the protected film, "PVOH", which stops the evaporation, allowing time for the stripper tape to destroy the painted line and remain sealed in the film, then you simply wash it away. All this at a cost that is at least half that of the three previous mentioned processes. Additionally, there are virtually no adverse marks left on the pavement. This Technology will allow Stripper manufacturers to sell in markets that previous were untouchable or simply had little success.