Safer alternative to toxic paint strippers to go to market

Consumers now have a safer alternative to dangerous paint strippers, thanks to a new formula developed by Toxics Use Reduction Institute researchers at UMass Lowell with the collaboration of Super Remover company.

This safer paint-stripping solution is brought to market by SRD NEWGEN

The new product is available on store shelves through a licensing agreement between the university and SRD NEWGEN, announced in October 2018 by UMass Lowell and the company.  SRD NEWGEN is a Canadian holding company, which holds the license of the new paint stripper formulation.

This new product is marketed under the Super Remover brand.

The invention came about because of the dangers posed by conventional paint strippers containing methylene chloride, which has been implicated in the deaths of dozens of people who are believed to have been overcome by toxic fumes while using products containing the chemical, also known as dichloromethane and DCM.

Earlier this year, the EPA announced plans to finalize a ban on the use of methylene chloride in paint-stripping products. Some retailers have already committed to take such products off store shelves.

That formulation, on which U.S. and international patents are pending, is now headed to store shelves. More on the project, including a video demonstration of how the product works, is available here.

Super Remover is the No. 1 supplier of paint remover products in Canada. The product is produced at manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada.

Super Remover – New Generation without Methylene Chloride

A product developed on the basis of three principles:
high performance / user health / environmental awareness

High Performance
Super Remover always looks forward to offer high-quality stripping and cleaning accessories.


Since 2000, many alternatives of toxic ingredient remover were created, but none has been able to show a performance as strong as products that contain a solvent of Methylene Chloride, before this new recipe of Super Remover.

Never in 70 years has an alternative to methylene chloride been as effective as it is now.



University of Massachusetts Lowell

UMass Lowell is a national research university committed to preparing students for work in the real world— solving real problems and helping real people— by providing an affordable, high-quality education. Located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community, the university offers more than 17,000 students bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in six colleges. Our students are more successful than ever thanks to accredited programs, a focus on hands-on learning, and personal attention from accomplished faculty and dedicated staff.

Toxic Use Reduction Institute
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides resources and tools to help make the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work. Established by the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) of 1989, TURI collaborates with businesses, community organizations and government agencies to reduce the use of toxic chemicals, protect public health and the environment, and increase competitiveness of Massachusetts businesses.

Super Remover

Founded in 1979, Super Remover designed a high-quality paint, varnish and glue stripping agent that, until 2003, was only sold on a small-scale level. Following the launch of major advertising and marketing campaigns, the brand suddenly found itself at the top of its category. Super Remover’s products, now offered in all major hardware stores across Canada, have made them the country’s largest manufacturer of stripping products. The company is in continuous expansion, and many development projects are underway.

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