and Mill Glaze Remover
After using the Peel Away® 1 Heavy Duty Paint Remover, the pH level of the surface that was stripped can rise to above 8, which is highly alkaline. The Citri-Lize™ pH Neutralizer and Mill Glaze Remover will help to lower the pH to a safe level of between 5 and 8. This pH neutralization is especially important if the paint stripped surface will be repainted in the future.
Once a surface shows a pH of over 8 it should be treated with Dumond’s non-toxic Citri-Lize™ Neutralizer and Mill Glaze Remover and left to dry thoroughly. Wait a minimum of seven days before testing the pH levels again and applying any wood finishing product, coating, or paint. To be sure the surface is dry, you can use a moisture meter to test that the moisture content is below 15%, which is then suitable for painting. The best painting can be done when the moisture content is at 12%.
SPECIAL NEUTRALIZATION PRECAUTIONS FOR SPECIFIC SURFACE
Some woods, like cedar, redwood and cypress, have higher water-soluble content than others and will need more time to dry between pH neutralization and repainting. If proper care isn’t taken, the delicate wood may stain. For best results, use a high quality, breathable, waterborne primer that seals in any extractive bleeding discoloration, slowing the threat of moisture problems. Drying time can take up to 60-90 days or longer in some instances depending on the moisture absorbed by the wood. A moisture meter is the best tool to use in testing the surface before applying any coating to the treated surface.
For masonry surfaces, like brick, stone, stucco, etc, the directions above still apply. In most cases a single application of Citri-Lize™ Neutralizer and Mill Glaze Remover will be sufficient, and a low pressure wash should be used for cleaning after the Citri-Lize™ Neutralizer and Mill Glaze Remover has been applied.