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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 …

Restoring an Arts & Crafts Home in California
December 5, 2017 | Posted by Scott

For Laura & Harvey Hicks of Fresno, California, finding their dream house was just the first step. Once they found and bought the house, the real work of restoration began. While in the midst of their restoration, they found BLUE BEAR Paint & Urethane Stripper was the solution to the vast amount of paint removal they want to do. BLUE BEAR: Can you tell us a bit about your house? …

Removing Graffiti from a Utility Box
October 2, 2017 | Posted by Lexie

On a college campus, graffiti is nothing new. For the past four years, I have parked in the same spot a few blocks away from my university and walked past the same vandalized utility box almost every day. This utility box had clearly been vandalized several times, with layers upon layers of sun-baked spray paint and stickers. Though I had never thought much about it, it suddenly sounded like …

Brush Cleaner Interview
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Here at Franmar, we love seeing our products work on a personal level. Recently we met up with Jeff Mueller of Mueller Remodeling and Painting in Bloomington, IL to see how Brush & Sprayer Cleaner would work with his business. Like most contractors, Jeff had an abundance of brushes that were dried out and covered in paint and therefore,unusable. We asked Jeff if we could give Brush & Sprayer Cleaner …