Bloomberg Law
March 26, 2019, 11:15 AM

Paint Stripper Makers Examine Substitutes for Deadly Solvent

Pat Rizzuto
Pat Rizzuto

Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, and other retailers may not be clear what the safest paint strippers are to sell following their decisions to drop methylene chloride-based coating removers.

But there’s no going back now. The Environmental Protection Agency on March 15 banned strippers containing the sometimes deadly solvent from being in such consumer products.

Retailers aren’t asking about the safety of substitutes for it, said Sebastien Plourde, president of the Canadian firm Distribution J. des Serres, and other coating remover makers.

Disribution J. des Serres launched U.S. sales of its new paint stripper, New Generation Stripper, by D. ...

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