CEDAR FALLS, Iowa- An Iowa-based company that uses soybean by-products to make paint stripper, has been hearing from cities looking for an eco-friendly, effective way to remove graffiti, after recent civil unrest.
Jeff Gard of Natural Soy Products of Cedar Falls says Iowa City's using it, and the University of Iowa is testing it out too. He says they also have a couple of potentially big customers in Los Angeles, who like the paint stripper/graffiti remover because there are no caustic fumes and it's less harmful to health than traditional products. He says they're aware that the caretaker of the Hollywood Walk of Fame in southern California used the soy-based product to clean up spray painted sidewalks, and they're optimistic about doing more business with other cities.
Natural Soy Products uses soy oil, or methyl ester in several products, a paint stripper, wood sealer, and concrete sealer.
He says their concrete sealer is being used by road crews on control joints, which Gard says extends the life of concrete. That product is being used in the state of Indiana, and a number Indiana counties. He says they're also waiting to hear from the Iowa DOT, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin departments of transportation on their interest.
He says they're also developing a grease made from soy oil, that truck drivers can use on their 5th wheel plates.
Gard says Natural Soy Products is about 10-years old, and has a facility in Brooklyn, Iowa. He says they take pride in the fact they use Iowa-sourced soybeans, helping Iowa farmers expand their markets.