Rated 2.6 out of 5 by 43
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by freelyelee Might work if your paint's already peeling
I used this to try and strip an existing layer of concrete paint off an outdoor patio. The paint had started to chip in places and was starting to look terrible and I also didn't like the color, so I thought "Why not strip it and replace it with something brighter?"
This was LITERALLY the worst decision I've ever made in my entire life and this project consumed 2+ months of my life that I'll never get back.
I started by power washing the patio which removed a few chips and then followed the instructions for this product EXACTLY. This bubbled in a few places, but generally did absolutely nothing. I scrubbed with a wire brush and sander, re-applied NADA. I purchased 6+ bottles of this and got almost nowhere. Basically, it removed just enough paint to make the patio look worse and leave me in a weird limbo. Apparently, the previous owner applied the concrete paint in the appropriate way (with etcher) which made this useless.
I ended up using Soygel with significantly more success. But if you're planning on undertaking a project similar to my own, may I suggest hiring someone to do it? Save yourself the frustration!
April 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Hayleyjb It worked great for us
We live in the midwest and applied this on a warm humid day to a concrete porch that had been painted about a year ago without etching. I needed to remove the paint as it didn't adhere well and had come off in a few spots. We applied the stripper a little thicker than paint with an old broom. Waited about an hour and a half. It power washed right off!
September 17, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DA Give it time it works GREAT
I bought this product last spring and finally got around to using it on a vintage metal bench and a concrete lion that was also older. The product is working well as I'm still stripping the layers and I do mean layers of paint off of the items.
I will say when they say wait to start removing it they mean that. It appears the longer you wait the more the product does bubble and then it comes off easier.
This would be a wonderful product if your item is something you can lay down. However if your items are like mine I suggest getting a paint brush to get in the cracks and move the product around.
The smell doesn't seem bad, but I'm outside and I do some and then come back
I would buy this product again. Thanks Home Depot rep who recommended this product
Remember take your time it will save you time and product in the end.
July 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ThePoopadopolis Super Useful when you follow the directions!
I was really reticent about trying this paint stripper because of all the terrible reviews. But, I had used another product from a competitor's home improvement store and it was just horrible.
I have had a great deal of experience with using paint strippers from the ones I used as a kid that likely would peel your skin off to the much more advanced and safer products that discuss things like "dwell time" and so fourth.
Anyway, the key here is to follow the directions and to cover the area completely with the stripper! Don't let it sit in the sun and dry out either, the stripper needs at least some time to work its stripper ways on the paint.
Today, I used this to remover paint from my garage floor, the paint was just awful and the concrete had also been coated in Tar! Paint over tar that had been hardened over the 100 plus years since the home was built.
I let the stripper dwell for only four hours before using my Power Washer to remove the paint, the stripper and the tar, which was an added bonus! Tar? Why would anyone coat their garage floor in tar?
August 19, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by KG86 DO NOT PURCHASE
The product claims that it will take paint of concrete, even multiple layers. However, it only works on single layers of already deteriorating paint if you are lucky and apply three times the recommended amount. I am highly disappointed given that this product comes from a well known and quality company.
July 18, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by MT Junk; weak stripper
not only taking for ever but no multiple layers even close, save your money, used on concrete expoxy 1 coat, 15 or so years aged, massive peeling.
August 17, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Medic654 Read the reviews before buying....
This product is a horrible waste of money. Used it in an attempt to strip paint off my basement floor (approx 300sqft). The previous owners of my home didn't prep the concrete properly prior to painting the floor and just slapped some paint on it. Bought 4 gallons, followed the instructions. I used a paint roller to apply and had a thick coat to the entire floor. I checked the progress once a hour and after 7 hours only about 1/4 of the paint had bubbled. Not once during this period had the product dried, the heavy coat I applied stayed wet. After almost 7 hours had passed I tried scrapping the paint off with both a floor scrapper and 4" paint scrapper....it would have been the same if I had'nt used this product and tried scrapping it dry.
March 30, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by DIYer Worked, but there has to be something better
Used this to strip off 4 layers of paint from my concrete porch, I originally thought it was only three layers but through this process I discovered it was actually four layers. I had really high hopes going in after the associate told me how thickly the stripper goes on and made it sound like the paint would just wrinkle off. No such luck, I applied it on a Sunday and let it sit for the full 6 hours and I used a pressure washer to rinse off the concrete. The first round barely worked its way through the first layer of paint, in some spots it did manage to make it through two layers but only in a few small areas. The next day I did the same thing, applied it according to the recommended thickness and let it sit for 6 hours, pressure washed again with slightly better results. The top layer of paint came completely off and most of the second and even some of the third did as well but the pesky 4th layer remained relatively in tact except for in a few places that the paint had already been removed from repairing some cracks in the concrete 2 years ago. So the following day, Tuesday, I applied the recommended coating for a third time and let it sit for the full 6 hours before pressure washing. This time just about all of the paint is gone except for a stain left in the center and a patch by the door that goes inside the house that didn't come up at all, I assume from heavy foot traffic over the 70 years since the house was built. I have a rising suspicion that the paint didn't come off because of the stripper but because I spent so much time focusing the pressure washer on the problem areas. After all that I even tried switching to a smaller nozzle on the pressure washer hoping to break a few of the more difficult areas away but the effect was minimal. Oh, I should also add that I made sure to apply it and let it sit during times that were within the suggested temperature range listed on the label. At this point I just figure that anything that hasn't come up after three rounds of stripper and three rounds of pressure washing won't come up at all so I'm moving on to the next phase of the project. Bottom line: there has to be a product out there that works better than this one, whether it is commercially available or only available to professionals I do not know. So if you are considering this product do a little more research into other products before you buy and don't just take the associates word for it that it works as well as Behr says it should.
August 19, 2015