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Citristrip 1/2 gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel
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Citristrip

1/2 gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel

  • Safe for indoor use
  • No harsh fumes
  • Strips multple layers
$19.97 /each

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The Citristrip 1/2 gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel removes layers of paint, both latex and oil-based paint. Its also effective at removing varnish, shellac and epoxy in 1 step. The stripper has a pleasant citrus scent and is biodegradable. Most important is that its safe for indoor use.

  • Can be used on wood, metal and masonry
  • Gel stays wet and active for up to 24 hours
  • Non-toxic
  • Non-corrosive
  • Works in 30 minutes
  • For best results, use in temperatures between 65˚ and 85˚F and away from strong breeze and hot sun
  • See label for complete instructions

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Can this be used to remove factory varnish on cabinets and then stain afterwards?

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September 24, 2016
Purchased cabinets that were supposed to be "unfinished" but got ones that had a factory coating instead. Need to strip and then stain. Looking for easy stripping product that will allow the wood to take up the stain.
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September 25, 2016
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I used this product to strip varnish off a wooden fireplace surround and it worked fine so I expect you would do well with the cupboards.
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September 24, 2016
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Citristrip Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel can be used to remove a factory applies varnish.
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lehi, utah
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September 24, 2016
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This is a good product for indoor use. This is a good product. I am on my second project.
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What works best to remover the residue when using this stripping gel?

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Atlanta, GA
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September 5, 2016
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Wet towel is the easiest way to wipe it up.
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lehi, utah
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I used a plastic scraper and old shirts.....worked great. Easiest when the gel is a little wet still.
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Mineral spirits works well.
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Spray painted table

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Round Rock, TX
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August 8, 2016
Can this be used to strip down to bare wood?
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lehi, utah
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August 10, 2016
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Yes! My project is a large pine table covered in tons of varnish. It is a multi-step process, and works better after 15 minutes and wet -- not dry.
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Yes, I've stripped off multiple layers of paint, some layers being 40-50 years old, all the way down to the bare wood. If you have more than a couple of layers, depending on how old the paint is and what kind it is, you may have to repeat the application and removal of stripper several times. Then clean with mineral spirits and sandpaper down to perfectly beautiful bare wood. Just be sure you give the Read More
Yes, I've stripped off multiple layers of paint, some layers being 40-50 years old, all the way down to the bare wood. If you have more than a couple of layers, depending on how old the paint is and what kind it is, you may have to repeat the application and removal of stripper several times. Then clean with mineral spirits and sandpaper down to perfectly beautiful bare wood. Just be sure you give the stripper time to work, preferably in a mild temperature and humid environment. If you are working outside in the summer, you may need to apply the stripper, then cover the item with plastic wrap or a trash bag and place it in the shade to keep the stripper from drying out before it can dissolve the paint. Read Less
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Watertown, NY 13601, USA
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Yes, I have used this product many times to strip multiple layers of paint from wood. While the paint is stripped down to the wood, some of the paint will hide in the grain and usually comes off easily enough with an extra application of the stripper.
Remember to use a neutralizer before refinishing.
Good luck.
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Anything else needed to clean up after?

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Do you need to rinse off the Citristrip with soap and water or any additional type of cleaner after you have removed the varnish/paint?
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I let it dry all the way and swept it with a broom.
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I recommend steel wool and mineral spirits followed by a light sanding.
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To clean up the residue, a paint stripper wash or odorless mineral spirits are recommended for clean up..
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Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 234 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very effective As you can see in the photo I've included, this stuff works great (photo shows work in progress with door, shelf and drawers stripped)! I only left it on for 30-60 mins and it did the trick. I used plastic scrapers to take it off then I used rough steel wool to get the remaining stripper off followed by less-rough steel wool with mineral spirits to clean up the surface. Next I will do a light sanding before staining. I am sloppy so I did get some on my skin and it didn't irritate at all (though I did clean it off as soon as possible). It smells pretty good too. Does get pretty messy but I don't think there's any way around that when you're stripping furniture. This product exceeded my expectations. August 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Citristrip worked like magic I saw Citristrip on you tube and found it at Home Depot. It worked great stripping off a layer of paint and the original stain on a dresser I want to repaint. I need to put more on the top and side of dresser today to get a little more off. I must not have put enough on those spots. I will finish tonight! September 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by This product was great to use indoors. The smell was citrus-ey, best way to describe it. I used it to remove paint from my basement concrete in the laundry room. I must say that (for at least removing from concrete) you have to put a lot of elbow grease in, however it DOES work! I ended up putting down an initial layer and using a paint scraper to remove as much as I could after waiting the correct time. I would then apply another layer and use a steel wire brush to scrub the remaining paint and gel into a single substance which I would use towels and rags to mop up. Ended up getting all the paint off the floor of a 100sqft room with just under 3 bottles. Would recommend simply for the environmentally and indoor friendly aspects of this product. October 25, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Use wax Paper I have used the old Methyl Chloride and it is smelly and burns, but does work. Decided to try this, since the project is indoor 1915 woodwork. It goes on well, sticks to brush and even upside down wood. A trick is to cover the work with wax paper to slow the evaporation, while waiting the 1 hr. treatment. Remove the wax paper, then use a metal scrapper, I have never had luck with plastic. The gunk comes off quickly. Washes either with water or mineral spirits. I will rate again when the work is completed and ready for finishing. It is pricey, but you get what you pay for, indoor - no fumes. September 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This is one of the two most awesome products I have ever used. Not only does it work amazingly well, it is safe to use indoors and has a pleasant, non-chemical, orange scent. I highly recommend this product. Note: The other awesome product I mentioned is a rust remover called Evapo-Rust. October 27, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Takes longer to strip with it than without As others have stated, this tends to dry to a gummy residue that is difficult to work with. It took several hours to scrape off a fairly small amount, and I still needed to sand after scraping to get the surface smooth again. A plastic scraper is not strong enough; a metal one will scratch and gouge the surface. This product has wasted my time, and the finished result is inferior to what I would have gotten if I had simply sanded the surface down from the start. September 21, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by This stuff really works!!! I needed to find a good product to strip the old varnish off my front door. I didn't want to use something real harsh that contained methylene chloride so I initially tried Mossenbacher's water based varnish remover but it just wasn't strong enough. I saw some good reviews online for Citristrip so I thought I would give it a try and was not disappointed. The "before" picture is after multiple attempts with Mossenbacher's. Two coats of Citristrip and all the old varnish was gone! The product smelled great. I only wish I had used it first! I finished up with steel wool, sanding and then used MinWax Helmsman Spar Urethane to finish it off. Very happy with the results. Before and after photos included. February 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good alternative for indoors An alternate to the more toxic (but more effective) methylene chloride. Applies easily and goes to work fairly quickly. Pops multiple layers latex without issue but a second application (or more) necessary for oil based coatings. Used indoors with little noticeable fumes. Found that while leaving on for 24-36 hours made little difference in removal efficacy it made scraping and clean-up easier and less messy. Biggest con is packaging as other products come in tubs while this container style results in a minimum of 5% waste of an expensive product. September 20, 2016
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