Strip­ping S Expo

See the Strip­per that gets it off Ev­ery Time!

The Tribune (NZ) - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Hare,

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

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