DMSO for Paint Stripping

DMSO: The Ideal Solvent for Paint Stripping & Graffiti Removal


Paint stripper is a product designed to remove paint and other finishes from an underlying surface.

Increasingly stringent environmental and consumer safety concerns have led formulators to explore new materials as replacements for paint stripping solvents such as methylene chloride and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP). With the need for safer alternatives also comes the inability to sacrifice performance.

Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) offers a unique combination of low toxicity and high solvent strength, making it an ideal solvent for stripping paint from a variety of surfaces.

DMSO is the best alternative to solvents rated hazardous such as methylene chloride and NMP (N-methyl pyrrolidone).

  • Effective in dissolving for highly insoluble components
  • Excellent alternative to more hazardous polar aprotic solvents such as Methylene Chloride and NMP
  • Completely miscible in water 
  • Non-Toxic
  • Naturally biodegradable
  • Essentially odorless
  • Manufactured in the USA



Demonstrated Performance: DMSO is formulated into common paint stripping and graffiti formulations today.

Formulation Flexibility: DMSO can be blended with commercially available additives and safe cosolvents to produce stripping products that are safer than methylene chloride and NMP-based products.

For more solvent replacement information and a comparison between DMSO and commonly used solvents for this application, visit our Solvent Replacement resource page or contact us for more information.

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