It is estimated that nearly 70% of Original Forest Wood windows and doors have been thrown away in America, replaced by Aluminum, Vinyl, and New Growth wood. Re-Manufacturing original forest wood can be likened to saving a Tiffany Lamp. The Original Forest Wood in the US took hundreds of years to develop the properties that make it so excellent. This means it is irreplaceable, but not that it is irreparable.
The first step, and one of the most challenging, which is why so little of it occurs. People will do anything to avoid stripping, which is another reason why the replacement industry is so strong. We all know that the throw away, material society that we live in has been pumped up through advertising. We want shiny, new products regardless of their lack of quality, their environmental manufacturing impact, and their societal cost.
Providing an easy, quick, and efficient method of stripping and cleaning up older materials can significantly reduce the first hurdle to restoration. Restoring existing materials rather than replacing has a triple environmental impact. The new product does not have to be produced so dwindling natural resources can be conserved; the existing heartwood reduces the need for future replacement; and the environment is spared from absorbing more trash into landfills.
A paper by our founder Gail Wallace on why rare original forest wood is worth saving among newly engineered solutions, & a brief history of our experience paint stripping before and after the Light Wave Stripper through Restoration Works Inc.
Eliminates Messy Chemicals. No chemicals to apply, clean up, or dispose of. Only the paint shavings need to be collected for disposal, reducing toxic waste load by up to 90%.
Our process is so fast, efficient, and cost effective, it will help stimulate the reuse, repair, and restore economy.
Our process softens multiple layers of paint simultaneously at approximately 250°f, well below the 600° point at which lead-lead based paint can fume, and the 500° point where wood can combust and cause fire.
Our Chemical-Free process does not wet or alter the pH of wood. This means natural heart wood is left undisturbed, dry, and ready for immediate production. Reusing original material has never been so easy.