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Nov-08-2009 @ 6:14 PM                           Permalink
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This might be of interest to those who maintain the wooden parts of boats.

I understand that a forthcoming EU Directive, when implemented into UK law, will ban the sale of paint and varnish strippers which contain Dichloromethane (DCM). This is the active component that makes the product so effective.

The new law must be in place by December 2010 although I don't know by what date it will come into effect. The ban will first effect the 'DIY market' such as DIY supermarkets, boat chandlers etc although I understand the certain 'professionals' will still be able to obtain these products through authorised dealers such as builder's merchants, prividing they can prove that they have been trained in the health and safety aspects of using them. How this will be enforced, I have no idea.



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I don't use them too often, but I had cause to use some the other week and I thought that was a bit "flacid", perhaps they have already watered down the potency...

I've always found the clean removal of the slime more taxing!

Better build up a stock I suppose as I was hoping to repaint the Land Rover in the next few years!! Though I believe it's a strong alkali, so Alumimium being amphoteric and forming the bodywork, it's maybe not the best idea - still it'll probably provide a good key for the new paint!!

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