Amazing product. I used it to remove enamel from two failed projects. Instructions say mix powder to consistency of "frosting". I think this is American for icing as in cake decoration. I found a thick paste that stays in place worked best. Also apply too much rather than too little. In the kiln there is an impressive display of smoke, flame and bubbling black residue. This has not harmed my Paragon SC2. I was impressed by the results. Just follow the instructions on the pack.
Use Pam East's DeNamel™ to safely and quickly remove enamel from metal. Traditional methods of de-enamelling required dangerous chemicals or hours of drilling and grinding that can leaf the metal a mess.
DeNamel™ is non-toxic so it's quick, easy and most importantly, safe to use!
Please note: You cannot selectively remove enamel. You must remove all the enamel.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN:
Removing enamel is not a cost-free eraser. After de-enamelling, the surface of the metal may become coarse and pitted. If the metal was very thin, it may warp. Before making the decision to de-enamel a piece you should ask yourself some questions. Did the enamel come out really badly? Is it pitted, burnt, or bubbled? Or is it just that you didn’t get exactly what you were expecting? Maybe the colour is a bit off, or it doesn’t look quite like you envisioned it?
If the piece is truly destined for the recycle bin, and nothing of value will be lost by de-enamelling it, then DeNamel™ will do the trick! Please read the section on re-enamelling before attempting to re-apply the enamel.
You cannot selectively remove enamel. You must remove all the enamel. If your piece has counter enamel, remove the enamel on one side, and then repeat the procedure for the other side.
SAFETY NOTE: Wear safety glasses when de-enamelling. Sometimes bits of enamel fly off during the process and it’s necessary to protect your eyes.
What tools and supplies will I need?
- Firing rack
- Mica sheet
- Wire brush
- Safety glasses
INSTRUCTIONS FOR DE-ENAMELLING:
1. Place a spoonful of DeNamel™ into a small mixing cup.
2. Add water a few drops at a time, mixing as you go along. DeNamel™ saturates quickly, so take care not to add too much water at once. The paste should have a “cake frosting” like consistency.
3. Apply the paste to the enamel, coating it very thickly.
4. Put the piece on a piece of sheet mica on a firing rack and place it in the kiln at 790°C (1450°F) for 2 minutes. The mixture will burn, smoke and blacken.
5. With your safety glasses in place, pull the piece out of the kiln and while it’s still glowing hot, drop it into a bucket of cold water. You will hear a loud popping or cracking sound. This is the enamel popping off the piece and is normal. The more enamel is on the piece, the louder this sound will be.
6. Use a wire brush to remove any remaining DeNamel™ residue. If the enamel was very thick you may have to repeat this procedure more than once.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR RE-ENAMELLING:
After de-enamelling, attempts to re-enamel may result in the enamel pulling or failing to adhere to the metal. In order to improve re-enamelling results, the piece should be completely re-fired without enamel using a high temp firing sequence. Re-fire at 871°C (1600°F) for 10 minutes for fine silver, and follow the manufacturer recommended firing for copper.
If any black marks appear after this firing, try removing them with a wire brush. If that doesn’t work, repeat the de-enamelling process and then re-fire it again. The piece must be clean and free of both enamel and DeNamel™ before attempting to re-enamel it. Once it’s clean, burnish it well. Tumbling for a minimum of 2 hours is a good choice. If you are enamelling smooth areas, use a hand burnisher as well. Clean with PreNamel™