Sherwin-Williams is phasing out the use of paint-removal products containing methylene chloride by the end of this year.
The news was made public through a company document released on June 15 and confirmed by Bloomberg News.
Methylene chloride is a toxic chemical known to cause cancer and has been linked to dozens of deaths, including three since last October. All three cases involved men who died after being overcome by fumes while working with methylene-chloride-based paint strippers in enclosed spaces.
“This is huge, Sherwin-Williams is the nation’s largest dedicated retailer of paint and painting supplies,” said Mike...