Torstrip™ ABS Water-Based Paint Stripping System


Torstrip ABS is a new faster acting water based paint stripper which is more effective than previous products. Torstrip™ ABS is designed to remove existing multi-layered paint from walls and ceilings. The product is also highly efficient in removing textured coatings (such as artex) and is often used as part of an asbestos removal process (to be undertaken by licensed contractors only).

Torstrip™ ABS is safe, effective and environmentally friendly.



  • Removes multi-layered existing coatings
  • Removes textured coatings
  • Water-based
  • Non-toxic
  • Fast and effective
  • Non hazardous
  • Low odour
  • Non flammable
  • Requires no mechanical extraction
  • Apply by brush or airless spray

Frequently Asked Questions

Torstrip™ WBS is free from chlorinated hydrocarbons or other VOCs, and is not classified as hazardous under CHIP regulation. It provides users with a viable option in areas where conventional solvent based stripping is not possible due to concerns regarding solvent odours.

The performance of Torstrip™ WBS depends just as much on the application, as the product itself. To help achieve the best results we are keen to ensure all works are carried out to the highest standards.

We have a network of Contractors, trained in the use of Torstrip™ WBS and supported by our National team of Technical Business Managers who are able to offer advice on products, technical knowledge and assistance.

A technical telephone helpline is also available to answer queries on 0191 410 6611.

Torstrip™ ABS is recommended for use in removing unwanted or failing coatings on all internal hard or impervious painted surfaces.

Typical areas include:

  • Painted Walls and ceilings in the Communal Areas and staircases of social Housing blocks
  • Textured ceiling coatings as part of asbestos removal process (to be undertaken by licensed contractors only)

NB: We do not recommend Torstrip™ ABS for removal of coatings over plasterboard (particularly paper-faced product) or other surfaces that may be softened or affected by a water-based product. The product will also soften and damage plastic surfaces – contact should be avoided with these surfaces.

  • Unrivalled expertise and knowledge
  • Nationwide team of area managers / technical personnel
  • Free site survey
  • Free specification service (also available on NBS+)
  • On-site technical back-up on live projects
  • RIBA CPD seminar ‘Understanding the control of rapid flame spread in building refurbishment’ available
  • Comprehensive guarantees available

The following specifications are included for demonstrative purposes only. Always consult a representative of Tor Coatings prior to specifying or applying.

All areas should be suitably prepared according to the detailed Tor specification, prior to all application.

Step 1

Apply Torstrip™ ABS at a coverage rate of up to 4m² per litre. To achieve, this application is best carried out by brush as rollering can result in low film thickness.

Step 2 (Optional)

With some coatings, scratching or puncturing the surface can improve the effectiveness of Torstrip™ ABS. This speeds up the absorption rate of the product into the coating.

Step 3

The reaction time for the initial coat of Torstrip™ ABS will vary dependant on the type and number of layers of coatings present. The following procedure is a good guide to finding the most efficient removal of the coatings.

After steps 1 and 2 leave the Torstrip™ ABS in place and inspect regularly over the first four hours. One of two things will be seen, either;

Blistering and swelling of the coatings – if this occurs then it is advised that the affected areas are scraped back and the level of residual paint assessed. If more paint needs removing, the process is repeated. If the paint is removed then go to step 6.


Limited penetration or action of the ABS stripper – if this is occurring then a longer dwell time is required. If so, apply a second coat of Torstrip™ ABS and immediately cover the surface with Torstrip™ (fire retardent) Poultice. Smooth out the poultice by hand to expel any air pockets and ensure that the stripper does not dry out.

Step 4

Check the progress of the paint stripping by peeling back a corner of the poultice. When the coating is ready for removal, peel back the poultice to expose the treated surface.

Tor Coatings offer a free site survey service, and all of our Area Business Managers are fully trained and able to carry out full site assessments. A detailed and bespoke specification will then be issued.

Contact Tor Coatings on 0191 410 6611 to arrange your free site survey.

Tor Coatings’ national team of Area Business Managers is supported by a dedicated customer services team, a team of experienced paint chemists and a dedicated technical help desk. Call 0191 411 3148 for assistance from our helpdesk or visit to find out more.

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