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Published on April 16th, 2011 | by Wenona Napolitano


Soy-Gel: A Must Have for Furniture Refinishing

soy gel paint removerIf you want to refinish furniture in an effective and eco-friendly way then you need Soy-Gel. I first discovered Soy-gel when watching tv a couple of years ago. Since then I haven’t used anything else for paint and finish removal.

Soy-gel is made from soybeans by Franmar Chemical and works way better than all the stinky, nasty stuff you find in the hardware stores. And it works without all the toxic checmicals and odor. My husband and I were able to use it in our basement without stinking up the whole house. (For safety you should still crack a window but honestly I didn’t smell a thing and I have the nose of a Bloodhound).

We’ve used Soy-gel on curbside find furniture we’ve rescued and on a dresser that we discovered in my basement that had decades of finishes, dirt, and grime on it. I have a few more projects I plan to use it on so I need to order another batch.

Spring is here along with spring cleaning. Now’s the time to pick up salvageable furniture finds on the side of the road that people throw out. Don’t worry about extreme refinishing those finds and say goodbye to scraping, sanding and painstaking hours of stripping finishes and say hello to Soy-gel. It makes furniture refinishing easier, quicker and safer.

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About the Author

Wenona is married with three crazy kids that range in age from 4 to 18. She is a freelance writer, poet and the author of The Everything Green Wedding Book. She enjoys reading, writing, crafting and gardening. She tries to do all of these as "greenly" as possible. Her writing has appeared in several local and regional publications, Pack O Fun, Today's Creative Home Arts, and Indiana Living Green magazines as well as numerous online sites including,,, eHow, Associated Content, Suite101 and

3 Responses to Soy-Gel: A Must Have for Furniture Refinishing

  1. I have also used and adore soy gel!! My awesome selling point was it’s not flammable nature which allowed me to work in the basement near the furnace with no fear of fire.

  2. peep says:

    I Really like Soy-gell, but is there someplace to get it besides ordering online?

  3. Poreilly says:

    This is an amazing product. Is there any place that I can buy it besides on the internet?

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