DCM is the paint stripper of choice and that is why it's so popular. It works very well. But it is volatile has a low boiling point so fumes are inevitable. Inhaling the fumes can be harmful and it is also absorbed through the skin. It can be detected at very low concentrations by its sweet smell but smelling it doesn't speak to whether a dangerous exposure has taken place.
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But what you may not know is that most paint strippers available on store shelves in Canada contain very harmful chemicals. In April , year old Kevin Hartley died while refinishing a bathtub in an apartment in Nashville. Not very long after getting started, the fumes of the paint stripper he was using caused his heart to fail. The chemical that killed Kevin is known as methylene chloride or dichloromethane. Because of its high volatility and vapour pressure, methylene chloride can quickly and inconspicuously displace oxygen in the air.
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Paint stripper , or paint remover , is a chemical product designed to remove paint , finishes , and coatings while also cleaning the underlying surface. The product's material safety data sheet provides more safety information than its product labels. Paint can also be removed using mechanical methods scraping or sanding or heat hot air , radiant heat , or steam.