Restoration Works Inc. has developed an environmentally friendly method of paint stripping called the Light Wave Stripper. This method utilizes advanced infrared technology, and is revolutionizing the way old paint coatings can be removed. By simply placing a Light Wave Stripper over a section of wood for 60 seconds, multiple layers of paint are loosened and lifted and the paint can be scraped off as if it were butter.
The paint stripping industry is currently dominated by chemical based paint removal products, most of which are toxic or harmful to humans in some way. Eliminating chemicals used in paint stripping can have a positive dramatic impact on our health and our environment, and it can encourage more reuse and recycling of quality materials such as original, old growth forest wood. Professional painting contractors, lead abatement contractors, restoration companies, and others who strip high volumes of paint- laden objects can now do so quickly and without the use of any chemicals.
Restoration Works Inc. has been using the Light Wave Stripper internally for over 4 years with great success. Stripping production has increased dramatically because the removal process is so quick, and toxic waste has decreased dramatically (by up to 90%) because no chemicals are needed. Whether used in a shop setting or on a job site, the Light Wave Stripper saves time and therefore money. Traditional paint stripping methods are time consuming, onerous, and bad for the environment. The traditional process involves applying chemicals, waiting for the chemicals to penetrate (12-24 hours), removing the chemicals and paint, and disposing of the waste. In contrast, the Light Wave Stripper simply requires a 60-second zap. The only thing left to collect is the paint shavings, which if lead- based must be disposed of properly.
The Light Wave Stripper was developed by Restoration Works Inc. to solve the difficulty of paint stripping and to allow more historic material to be saved and restored, as well as to promote the Green movement which encourages us to recycle, reuse, and restore older quality materials that are just being thrown away. Because the public considers paint stripping to be time-consuming and difficult, people often choose to simply replace the original forest wood used in older buildings rather than to restore and reuse it. As a result, a large amount of original forest wood is just thrown away. When people remodel old buildings, they frequently use inferior substitute products, such as early growth pulp wood, composite wood, plastic imitation wood, and laminated boards when they could be reusing the real wood beams and boards that are being thrown away.
Restoration Works Inc. and Light Wave Stripping Inc. won an award in October of 2017 from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center for having demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. Winners are selected through a rigorous process of review and examination by ISTC experts. This award recognized all of the sustainable practices Restoration Works Inc. has developed, but especially their stripping method, the Light Wave Stripper.