Recently I got an email asking how to strip the coating off a tub that was peeling from being done incorrectly. After responding, I thought there might be others who could use this information, so here you go. Stripping refinished bathtub. How to remove a failed peeling coating from a bathtub. Images open in a light-box. Be advised this is not something to be taken lightly.
All but one were male. If you are currently a bathtub refinisher using these paint strippers, have you ever felt faint, or light headed after stripping a bathtub? Nearly every refinisher has felt these symptoms of lack a oxygen in the blood and to the brain. If you had continued, it could have cost you your life. No job is worth that risk. Employers choosing to use methylene chloride based stripping products must comply with OSHA's standard to limit methylene chloride exposures to safe levels.
In February , a worker using a product containing methylene chloride to refinish a bathtub was found dead, slumped over a bathtub in an unventilated bathroom. In September , a worker using a product containing methylene chloride to strip the glaze from a bathtub collapsed in the bathtub and later died. Workers use a methylene-based stripper to remove paint from a bathtub prior to refinishing.