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Old May 15th 2017, 12:14 PM   #1
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modifying consistency of paint stripper made from lye

Hello, new here, and thank you. Simply, I make my own paint stripper from pure lye, water, and cornstarch but it is too...mucousy. Can't find a better word (although I'm certain there's a chemical one!). The cornstarch of course thickens it but too much, and it gets gelatinous; too little and there's not a thick enough layer on the wall. Interestingly, heating the whole mix to boiling does something and it does come out less gelatinous and adheres better - but I'm still wondering if there is a way to get it to be more paste-like? Thank you.

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