Green Paint Removal / Wood Preservation

Steam Stripping

Using a steam chamber to remove decades of paint and rock-hard glazing from old windows is a valuable tool in window restoration.  The steam chamber eliminates the need for chemical strippers that often require many applications to remove all the layers of paint.  There is no danger of charring the wood as is common with the use of heat guns.  Toxic dust in the air while stripping is almost eliminated by the use of steam stripping. Steam softens the glazing compound and allows for the removal and reinstallation of the original wavy glass.

Steam Stripping in Action

beforesteaming layerspaint
1. Before Steaming, 2009 1a. Layers of old paint
steammachine steaming
2. The TMC Windows, Inc. "green" steam machine. 3. Steaming the 100 year-old window makes removing the original glass a simple task.
scraping aftersteaming
4. Layers and layers of paint easily scrapoff after being steamed. 5. Ready for painting

Infrared Paint Removal

For certain applications, on site work or materials too large for the steam chamber for example, infrared paint removal is the way to go. This method uses an electric tool that creates infrared heat to penetrate through the paint into the wood, so multiple layers can be scraped off with little damage to the wood. Unlike a heat gun or torch, the rays evenly heat the paint to no more than 600 degree, well below the temperature at which wood ignites or lead fumes are released. It also works well on putty and varnish. Like with the steam the existing wood and glass are not damaged during the process.

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Green Paint Removal / Wood Preservation

Steam Stripping

Using a steam chamber to remove decade's worth of paint and rock hard glazing from old windows is valuable tool in window restoration. Using a steam chamber eliminates the need for chemical strippers that often require many applications to remove all the layers of paint. There is no chance of charring the wood as is common with the use of heat guns and the amount of toxic lead dust in the air while stripping window is dramatically reduced by the use of steam. In fact it's almost eliminated. Steam softens the glazing compound and that allows for the removal of removal of the existing glass in one piece. Not only is there the cost savings involved not having to replace the glass but the existing, unmatchable glass is preserved.

Steam Stripping in Action

beforesteaming layerspaint
1. Before Steaming, 2009 1a. Layers of old paint
steammachine steaming
2. The TMC Windows, Inc. "green" steam machine. 3. Steaming the 100 year-old window makes removing the original glass a simple task.
scraping aftersteaming
4. Layers and layers of paint easily scrapoff after being steamed. 5. Ready for painting

Infrared Paint Removal

For certain applications, on site work or materials too large for the steam chamber for example, infrared paint removal is the way to go. This method uses an electric tool that creates infrared heat to penetrate through the paint into the wood, so multiple layers can be scraped off with little damage to the wood. Unlike a heat gun or torch, the rays evenly heat the paint to no more than 600 degree, well below the temperature at which wood ignites or lead fumes are released. It also works well on putty and varnish. Like with the steam the existing wood and glass are not damaged during the process.

Green Paint Removal / Wood Preservation

Steam Stripping

Using a steam chamber to remove decade's worth of paint and rock hard glazing from old windows is valuable tool in window restoration. Using a steam chamber eliminates the need for chemical strippers that often require many applications to remove all the layers of paint. There is no chance of charring the wood as is common with the use of heat guns and the amount of toxic lead dust in the air while stripping window is dramatically reduced by the use of steam. In fact it's almost eliminated. Steam softens the glazing compound and that allows for the removal of removal of the existing glass in one piece. Not only is there the cost savings involved not having to replace the glass but the existing, unmatchable glass is preserved.

Steam Stripping in Action

beforesteaming layerspaint
1. Before Steaming, 2009 1a. Layers of old paint
steammachine steaming
2. The TMC Windows, Inc. "green" steam machine. 3. Steaming the 100 year-old window makes removing the original glass a simple task.
scraping aftersteaming
4. Layers and layers of paint easily scrapoff after being steamed. 5. Ready for painting

Infrared Paint Removal

For certain applications, on site work or materials too large for the steam chamber for example, infrared paint removal is the way to go. This method uses an electric tool that creates infrared heat to penetrate through the paint into the wood, so multiple layers can be scraped off with little damage to the wood. Unlike a heat gun or torch, the rays evenly heat the paint to no more than 600 degree, well below the temperature at which wood ignites or lead fumes are released. It also works well on putty and varnish. Like with the steam the existing wood and glass are not damaged during the process.


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