Stripping S Expo
See the Stripper that gets it off Every Time!
Ideal Home Show, Arena Manawatu, Pascal Street, Palmerston North Fri 22 - Sun24July
Coopers was started by Simon Cooper in the early 80’s. At that time, Simon was a cabinet maker with a boutique shop inWellington making and restoring fine furniture. Disillusioned with the standard of current paint strippers and with a flair for chemistry, Simon set about making a stripper that was easy to use and actually worked. I asked him what on earth possessed him to try and change the norm. “I was sick of how difficult it was to use the current strippers, and knew sanding was a complete waste of time,” Simon says. “Why sand when the person who made the item, sanded it in the first place? I was determined to make a product that was easy to use and made sanding obsolete.” Simon is Kiwi-born and bred and as a dairy farmer’s son he was taught at a young age to work things out, rather than to accept things as they are. At high school he developed a passion for working with wood and his love of fine furniture began. Once Simon developed his own stripper, the word got out and today, over 30 years later, Simon’s products and methods are now known as Cooper’s Strip Club; a complete DIY restoration system, family owned and operated, available throughout New Zealand and Australia. Simon says Cooper’s is different to conventional strippers in so many ways. The main ones being that it will strip any finish from any surface, without the need for sanding, whether the finish is on the inside or outside of your home. “I am very proud of it and the results it has achieved,” he says. With Cooper’s having been used on well over 70,000 homes, Simon says anyone can easily strip anything covered in paint or varnish such as furniture, doors and mouldings, or even weatherboards and windows baked by the sun for over 100 years. I also asked Simon about the current problems related to safe lead removal. Simon says. “Because there is no lead dust created through sanding, or lead vapour generated by heat guns, lead poisoning is no longer a concern” I asked Simon what the Stripping Expo is all about and he said, “The Stripping Expo is a DIY paint and varnish stripping exhibition travelling regionally throughout New Zealand.” “The purpose of the Stripping Expo is to show Cooper’s stripping any paint or varnish from any surface.” Simon says this months Stripping Expos are in Cambridge, Masterton, Levin, Palmerston North and New Plymouth, “We have on exhibition some impressive before and after displays, as well as practical one on one demonstrations.” Come and meet the family, chat to us about your project, bring along some photos of what you want to strip and we’ll select a similar old piece of paint or varnish to strip with you.” But what Simon really wants you to do is actually bring along your project, no matter how big or small. Bring a chair, a drawer, unscrew a window sash, a door, a piece of Archtrave or skirting board, even bring your project car or boat and the Cooper’s will really show you what Cooper’s is capable of doing.
”There’s ample parking outside, so impress us with what you bring along”.
Simon Cooper from the Cooper’s strip club