Oakite (sp)

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Blog entry by Joero posted 08-08-2008 04:16 AM 873 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Does anyone remember a product from years ago called (I believe) OAKITE.
If memory serves it was a powder that, when mixed with water became a caustic stripper for refinishing wood.
I’d like to find it if it’s still out there. I may be mistaken and it was used for stripping paint from metal….
The ol’ gray cell’s ain’t what they used to be.
Any input would be great.
Thanks Joero

-- Makers of fine butcher shop saw dust.

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#1 posted 08-08-2008 02:58 PM

Hello Joero, I’ve not heard of this stuff. Does it work well? I don’t understand the term a caustic stripper. Even tho years ago i use to finish and refinish alot of furniture. I hope to see some answers here soon.

-- Jerry

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#2 posted 08-08-2008 03:20 PM

I worked in a diesel rebuilding shop many years ago, & we used an Oakite cleaner for aluminum parts.

It would remove all of the paint, & they’d look like shiny new aluminum.

You had to wear rubber gloves, or it would also remove your skin.

If your glove had a pinhole in it, when you took off your glove,

& your skin would shrivel up without you knowing it happened.

I googled the name, & this is what came up

I didn’t see any anything in wood strippers though.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 08-09-2008 03:47 AM

Thank you Jerry & Dick:

Jerry- I believe Dick answered your question about caustic stripper, that stuff was nasty.
I remember losing a new pair of leather work boots the fist day I was near this stuff.

Dick- thanks for the link. Time proves once again that gray cell’s do not regenerate as fast as one would like. At least I got 2 segments of the story correct; the name OAKITE, and metal stripping….not wood stripping, again so much for the gray cell’s.
Thanks to you both Joero

-- Makers of fine butcher shop saw dust.

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