Q. I saw your Problem Clinic regarding too much bond breaker being used on tilt-up panels (January 1996, pp. 76-82). We have this problem on a job. Do you know how to get the bond breaker off the panels so they can be successfully painted?
A. Many manufacturers of curing compounds, sealers, and bond breakers also make strippers that can remove their products. We suggest asking the bond-breaker manufacturer for advice on the best chemical stripper and cleaning method. Stripper effectiveness varies with bond-breaker composition. Chemicals that have been used in strippers include D-limonene (a citrus-peel-based stripper) and methylene chloride.