Welcome to QCS!
You did it! You just unboxed our flagship product - QCS Finish Remover! 🙌🏼 We’re so glad you made the bold choice of choosing your health and well-being over the status quo. We believe that you won’t regret your decision!
QCS stands for QUICK, CLEAN and SAFE and QCS Finish Remover is all of those things. It is eco-friendly, non-flammable, biodegradable, and non-hazardous. It was developed for furniture refinishing and restoration professionals, but is safe for everyone!
QCS Finish Remover was born out of 35+ years of furniture restoration experience. We asked ourselves the question that begins most journeys toward innovation: “Why?” In our case, we asked why we were using such hazardous products? That’s where it all began.
QCS Finish Remover was developed to keep YOU safe as you remove paint and finish from your projects. This can be a tedious and often hazardous task that many try to avoid, but our goal is to make stripping furniture a safe experience for all.
When we set out to develop QCS Finish Remover for the furniture refinishing and restoration industry we had two primary goals:
So, thank you for valuing what we value at Stripwell and giving QCS Finish Remover the opportunity to prove itself to you. We believe that if you care about starting your projects safely and effectively, then QCS Finish Remover is going to become your go to finish remover.
P.S. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of QCS Surface Cleanser! It’s a liquid sandpaper, pre-prep or post clean, and a deglosser. If you are looking to skip stripping your project and go straight to finishing it, then check out the QCS Surface Cleanser.
Your Stripwell Team
QCS Finish Remover Instructions
For the best possible results please read the following instructions before using.
***ALL PROJECTS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL***
We recommend testing QCS on a small area first with the
following instructions to minimize product waste.
ONE: For application, we recommend spraying QCS on, but you may also apply with a brush or pad. Apply a light and even tack coat of QCS (not too heavy) over the surface you wish to strip and wait approximately 15-30 minutes.
TWO: After the initial waiting period, apply a second even coat of QCS over the surface. This coat should be heavier. Wait 15 to 30 minutes.
THREE: Check the results. If the coating is loose and gummy and feels ready to release from the surface, you can move forward to step FOUR. If it is still clinging, coat the surface again and apply plastic wrap to keep the area wet longer. Keep checking the surface every 15 minutes for up to an hour. NOTE: You can walk away from your project and QCS will not stain the wood like other products, but if you let QCS sit for too long, you may need to use more product than necessary to “rewet” it.
BE PATIENT AND LET QCS WORK FOR YOU.
FOUR: Once the coating is showing signs of letting go, begin to remove the coating with a putty knife, scraper or blade on flat areas. Use a toothbrush or wire brush with softer brass bristles for cleaning the details. Finally, use a wet 0 - 0000 grade steel wool to scrub the entire item being stripped.
***VERY IMPORTANT*** Be sure to pour some QCS into a small container and dip your steel wool as you scrub OR spray QCS onto your steel wool pad. You DO NOT want to scrub the surface with a dry piece of steel wool. Always scrub wet.
FIVE: Once you have scrubbed the surfaces thoroughly, wipe off all the residue with paper towels. These will not become a fire hazard because QCS is non-flammable. If there are any gummy areas remaining these are the areas where the finish has not been fully removed. Apply fresh QCS to the surface and allow it to work. If there is any residual finish in the grain, apply fresh QCS to the surface and allow 15-30 minutes to work. Then use a soft bristled brush dipped in QCS to remove. Wipe off any remaining residue.
SIX: Apply some clean QCS to a cloth or paper towel and wipe down all surfaces. QCS is also your after wash and replaces the need to use mineral spirits, acetone or alcohol.
SEVEN: This step is optional. Rinse or wipe down your project with water. This is not fully necessary, but in some cases it will help to capture the remaining residue. Wipe dry.
EIGHT: If necessary, spot treat any areas that you may have missed by applying some more QCS and repeating the previous steps.
NINE: Allow the project to dry a minimum of 24 hours to minimize the risk of bleeding through the new finish.
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