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The Ittelson Center

The Ittelson Center, a school for special-needs children, is an inviting two-story brick structure. AOI Waterproofing, Inc., Brooklyn, NY, was awarded the job of restoring the exterior brick.

 

Ittelson Center Restoration Project 

BEFORE: Prior to its removal, the brick exterior of the Ittelson Center, a school for special-needs children, is coated with at least six stubborn layers of lead-based paint. The Peel Away® 1 Paint Removal System from Dumond Chemicals, Inc. outperformed the competition in patch testing, removing every layer of paint with a single application,
globewithout hazardous solvents or dangerous fumes.

 

According to AOI Project Manager Yurek Koziej, the job presented challenges. The brick was coated with at least six stubborn layers of lead-based paint, to be removed while school was in session.

 

The first step was to determine the best method for removing the leaded paint. "While containing the lead-dust as dictated by the EPA was the key consideration," reported Koziej, "we were equally concerned with avoiding exposure to fumes and solvents."

 

Several chemical paint stripping products were patch tested. Based on the results, Koziej recommended the Peel Away® 1 Paint Removal System, manufactured by Dumond Chemicals, Inc.

 

"During patch testing, only Peel Away could be sprayed with ease, adhered well to the vertical surfaces, and stripped every layer of paint in one application, without hazardous solvents or dangerous fumes," commented Koziej.

 

The Peel Away® 1 system is an globeenvironmentally safe method of lead-based paint removal, and includes a paste that is sprayed or spread over the surface, and a fibrous laminated cloth that covers that paste. The cloth controls evaporation by keeping the paint in a wet or damp state, preventing lead-dust from entering the air.

 

Ittelson Center Restoration Project 

AFTER: A view of the building's handsome brick exterior following lead-based paint abatement. 10,000 square feet were stripped using the Peel Away 1* Paint Removal System from Dumond Chemicals, Inc.

 

The AOI crew erected pipe scaffolding, and working from the top down, sprayed the Peel Away® to a thickness of about 1/8 inch. The Peel Away® cloth was smoothed over the paste, and left to dwell for 24 hours.

 

Next, the laminated cloth was peeled away, and with it, the bulk of the paint, now combined with the paste to form an intact, damp mass firmly attached to the Peel Away® cloth. Other than a ground cover of poly sheeting to collect a minimum amount of run-off, no additional containment measures were required.

 

According to Koziej, 10,000 square feet were stripped using the Peel Away® 1 Paint Removal System. The project was completed in five weeks, with Koziej reporting a strip rate of 90% - 95% with one application of Peel Away® 1.

 

Dumond Chemicals, Inc. manufactures a full line of restoration, paint and coating removal products for commercial and industrial use. All Dumond products are available through a network of distributors and paint stores. Click here for information about Peel Away® 1, including spec/data sheets.

 

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