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8 sources for fun, cheap DIY projects
February 3, 2021

DIY is having a moment. As home has evolved into a place to live, work and staycation, many of us have decided it’s finally time to get some of those long-lingering projects off the to-do list. Maybe you want to find a dresser to upcycle for your spare bedroom, or some end tables to stain or paint to match your family room. No matter where you live or what’s …

DIY: No experience needed
January 13, 2021 | Posted by Karen Hansen Apfelbaum

I am not an expert refinisher, I told my new bosses at Franmar. Not even close. I’ve stripped stain just once or twice, and couldn’t recall ever stripping paint. But that was the point, they said. Who better than a newbie like me to show people how safe, easy and effective Franmar products are to use? And what better way for me to understand the products I will help to …

COVID Can't Keep Us Down!
October 26, 2020 | Posted by Dan Brown, General Manager

Before coming to Franmar 20 years ago, I served a 21-year stint in the U.S. Air Force and also 12 years pastoring a church. Yes, I’m an old guy, and like the fellow from that TV insurance ad “I’ve seen a lot!” But I’ve never seen anything like what we’re living in now. The whole world is in the grips of this COVID-19 pandemic, and every person on the planet …

Pony Restoration Project
May 20, 2019 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

BLUE BEAR is always looking for fun and unique projects to share, so when we stumbled across this adorable pony restored by artist Devon Nowlin for The National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame using BLUE BEAR Paint & Urethane Stripper, we just had to share! Nowlin is an artist who is a self-described painter. Nowlin came into restoration work by saying “yes” to odd jobs and taking on opportunities …

Restoring a 1946 Ford 5 Passenger Coupe using Paint Stripper with Safenol™
April 25, 2019 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

Removing vintage automotive paint comes with its own unique set of challenges, so when Ralph Tarras was looking for an effective, non caustic and safer paint stripper to help remove 5 layers of paint from his 1946 Ford 5 Passenger Coupe, he was excited to try BLUE BEAR’s new Paint Stripper with Safenol™. BLUE BEAR Paint Stripper with Safenol™ & Vintage Automotive Paint Automotive paints have changed a great deal …

What is a Prop 65 warning and why is it on the label?
February 28, 2019 | Posted by Scott Sarver

We’ve all seen the warning on the label of something that we have purchased. WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm. www.P65Warning.ca.gov. Sometimes this warning shows up in places where you would least expect to see it. Maybe you’ve seen it on a cup of coffee you pick up from your favorite coffee shop, or the new guitar pedal you just picked up, or maybe even as you’ve walked into Disney...yep, the …

Teal Cabinet Makeover
December 18, 2018 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

Cold weather doesn’t have to end your DIY season. We restored this beautiful cabinet in our garage; no mask required! For this project, we used BLUE BEAR Paint Stripper with Safenol™. Containing no NMP or Methelyne Chloride, BLUE BEAR Paint Stripper is safer, and low odor, making it great for indoor projects. When we found this cabinet at the antique store, we were unsure what we would discover under the …

Restoring a Carpenter Gothic Style Church in Maryland
October 3, 2018 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

Gunther and Anastasiia had been looking for the perfect historic home to live in and renovate for two years when they finally found The All Saints Church. “It was love at first sight,” Anastasiia explains. Gunther and Anastasiia live on the eastern shore of Maryland in a small white steepled church. The All Saints’ Church is a historic landmark built in the Carpenter Gothic Style. Constructed in 1900, the church …

Restoring Antique Guitars with Sorokin Guitars
July 3, 2018 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

Restoring and refinishing antique guitars is a labor of love. Traditional strippers are hazardous, so when Alex Sorokin of Sorokin Guitars needs a paint stripper he can trust on his delicate projects, he turns to BLUE BEAR Paint & Urethane Stripper to help him get down to the bare wood and start again. Tell us about your shop, who you are, and what you do? My shop occupies a …

Restoring Built In Buffet With BLUE BEAR Paint & Urethane Stripper
February 5, 2018 | Posted by Scott Sarver

Several weeks ago, we shared a story about the restoration of a staircase and fireplace in a historic craftsman home in Fresno, California. The Hicks didn't waste much time in moving on to their next project and started on the built-in buffet next. Over the holidays they were able to restore and stain this beautiful piece to an original state. From Laura: After we completed the stairway, we stood in …