EnviroStrip Wheat Starch
The Most Comprehensive Paint Removal Process Available
Proven through years of on-the-job performance, EnviroStrip® wheat starch media has gained widespread acceptance in commercial, private, and military aviation circles. EnviroStrip offers broad operational flexibility, numerous user benefits and solid production experience spanning the last decade.
The EnviroStrip wheat starch stripping process removes coatings using a polymerized form of wheat starch propelled by pressurized air. The low pressures, typically 20 to 40 psi, and relatively soft media have minimal effect on the surfaces beneath the coating or paint. This process removes virtually every type of aerospace coating, allowing a broad range of applications on both metallic and composite materials.
EnviroStrip wheat starch media is preferably used in specially designed equipment, or any light abrasive blasting system (e.g. plastic media) fitted with appropriate modifications. Dry stripping with wheat starch media is performed worldwide in hand cabinets, blast rooms, and full-scale (hangar) aircraft depaint operations.
Advantages of EnviroStrip wheat starch media:
- Nose-to-tail coating removal in a single process helps to maximize both time and cost-efficiency
- Removes virtually every coating, from common epoxy and polyurethane paints to advanced low observable coatings
Approved for use on most metallic surfaces
- EnviroStrip is approved by several OEMs for repeated stripping of various metals
- Safe for aluminum alloys, with no significant mechanical effects
- Leaves an acceptable finish on soft clad aluminum surfaces
Effective on many composite materials
- EnviroStrip is the only alternative to hand-sanding that efficiently removes coatings from prevalent composite substrates
- Wheat starch media can be applied to carbon-fiber, fiberglass, and aramid (Kevlar) with no significant effect to surfaces
- Safely and efficiently strips most composite structures and parts, from fiberglass radomes to graphite stabilizers
Process affords high degree of control
- In many cases, coatings and paints can be removed selectively, leaving the primer intact
- Forgiving process minimizes risk of damage to materials being stripped