Sometimes, I feel like a walking paradox.
On the one hand - I really, really care about the environment around me. It’s my personal belief and conviction that the world around us was created so that we could both enjoy and take care of our planet and the living things that inhabit our world. I also believe that there are big changes that can be made to help ensure the longevity of the planet for our children and for future generations.
On the other hand, I really, really love cars. That’s right — gas guzzling, fast, rip-roar-those-tires-’til-they-smoke kind of cars. I was the kid with posters of Lamborghinis and Ferraris on my wall who watched Top Gear all day long. (Now as an adult with three kids, I keep those limited to my phone wallpaper because my wife says it doesn’t go with our home’s aesthetic).
The paradoxical problem here is obvious — the gas guzzling cars are terrible for the environment that I’m passionate about protecting.
Enter my fascination with electric cars. My chagrin for California gas prices aside, I am in awe of the meteoric rise in the popularity of the electric car market. They’re far from perfect in regards to environmental impact, but they do make a world of difference compared to the gasoline-fueled vehicles that we drive today.
However, there is one problem: electric cars in their current state are relatively expensive. A new Toyota Camry will cost you in the neighborhood of $28,000, while a Tesla Model 3 will put you in the hole for about $39,000.
So why am I the proud owner of a Tesla Model 3?
Because for me, there is something so much more important to life than a price tag.
As someone who wants to leave the world a better place than I found it for my kids, in most areas of my life, I’m much more concerned with the cost than I am with the price of something.
Cost vs. Price
Very simply, the definitions of price and cost are as follows:
The reality of owning an electric car is that yes, the purchase price is higher, but the cost is much lower for the future of this world.
Alright, let’s stop talking about cars for a moment and shift (pun intended) to what we’re all about here at Stripwell: helping you to strip, flip, restore, and refinish vintage and antique furniture in a way that’s simple and safe.
When you look at the price of Stripwell QCS, you may be taken aback by the price-tag for the bottle. When other brands’ prices tend to come in at about ten dollars lower than Stripwell QCS, why would you pay more?
The answer is simple: we’ve intentionally designed our product so that the long-term cost of Stripwell QCS is significantly lower than that of other furniture strippers you can choose. Our value is to keep you and your family safe, to allow you to build a hobby with your kids, and to give you a longer and more healthy life while you enjoy the hobby and/or financial living that you’ve come to enjoy with furniture refinishing and restoration.
So let’s take a moment to define three key areas where we’re lower in cost than our competition:
I. The Cost to Your Health
It’s no question that when you go with another brand of furniture stripper, you’ve got to jump through some pretty hefty hoops to keep yourself healthy.
We’ve all been there: you’ve just unloaded the vintage table that you found for $30 on Facebook marketplace (score!) and now it’s time to get to stripping off the old, tired, and often ugly finish. But wait! Before you can get working, you need gloves because that other finish remover will burn your hands if it touches them. Yikes. Oh, and don’t forget your eye protection because you could severely damage your eyes if they’re touched by the other finish removers. Double Yikes. Plus, let’s all relive 2020 together by making sure that we wear a respirator (too soon?) to ensure that you don’t breathe in the literal toxic chemicals that the other furniture strippers put off. Why do you feel like you’re in a nuclear waste facility when you’re simply in your garage? This is not the case with Stripwell QCS.
In other health-threatening news, many of these chemicals have been found to cause birth defects in unborn children and can also be highly flammable which can put your home or shop at risk if rags and waste are not properly handled. It seems that no matter which way you turn, danger and risk are a part of the furniture stripping process. Again, this is not the case with Stripwell QCS.
II. The Cost to Your Kids
Parents know that one of the best ways to build respect and discipline in their kids is to invite them into a project. Working alongside your kids can be so much fun! It allows them to learn how to slow down to do a task the right way, learn a work ethic that will last a lifetime, and connect with their awesome parent…YOU! However, having your kids work alongside you on your vintage or antique furniture restoration projects has always been impossible, simply based on the health factors listed above.
As a parent of three kids who lived through the pandemic, I don’t have to tell you that getting kids to wear masks is the kind of challenge that I don’t care to relive. Thus, our kids are often locked out of a great hobby, passion, and potential money-making skill that can translate into their later life.
That was, until Stripwell QCS hit the scene! Although we do suggest that you use caution even when stripping with Stripwell QCS, it brings us great joy knowing that your children can safely share in your passion for vintage and antique furniture restoration. We know that it strengthens bonds and teaches them unique and invaluable life skills. It may even increase our “coolness” factor as parents!
III. The Cost to the Environment
For those of us who have a passion for leaving the world better than we found it for future generations, there couldn’t be a bigger cost associated with the furniture restoration business than using those toxic and hazardous furniture strippers that are so readily available…and let’s not even mention the oven-cleaner stripping method. Some of these chemicals have nice scents added to make users believe that they are safe, but this is most definitely a case of smoke and mirrors.
The reality with just about every furniture stripping agent on the market is that they are made of ingredients that can have such a negative impact on our environment and do major irreversible harm. This is why the proper disposal of waste can be so costly.
Well, this is one problem that we set out to solve with Stripwell QCS. We worked hard to create a stripping agent that is biodegradable and environmentally friendly! No more having to worry about your furniture restoration project degrading the world around you.
The Choice is Yours…
In the past, you’ve had to choose between the degradation of your health and the restoration of an old piece of furniture.
That’s a cost that we no longer want you to have to consider.
Although the price tag may be marginally higher when you buy something of greater value, we believe that the cost can be much lower to you in the long term.
With Stripwell QCS, you no longer have to choose between your health and your passion. It’s our mission to continue developing products that allow you to express yourself and use your skills unhindered by the typical cost.
Sometimes, that couple of dollars extra really does buy you the freedom to live in a world of paradox — enjoying the refinishing and restoration of vintage and antique furniture while giving the environment around you the care it deserves and needs from us all.
“Beyond the age of information is the age of choices.”
Tim Holt is the Chief Marketing Officer for Stripwell. He lives in Southern California with his wife and three boys and loves surfing, rock climbing, and seeing old furniture pieces come back to life!