Citristrip 1/2-gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel-HCG73803T - The Home Depot


Model # HCG73803T

Internet # 100141801

Store SKU # 329216

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

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

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$19.97 / each


Model # HCG73803T

Internet # 100141801

Store SKU # 329216

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

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Product Size (oz.)  64 
Biodegradable  Yes  Concentrated  No 
Flammable  No  Indoor/Outdoor  Indoor/Outdoor 
Materials removed  Oil-based dry paint  Noncorrosive  Yes 
Odorless  No  Paint Product Type  Paint Cleaners and Removers 
Product Form  Gel  Product dispenser type  Plastic Bottle 
Returnable  90-Day  Rinse required  Yes 
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty  SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: If you are not completely satisfied, return your sales receipt with a description of your complaint. Liability is limited to refund of the purchase price. 


Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 142 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good stripper that smells like bubble-gum This stripper is very easy to use and doesn't smell like you're going to die from the fumes. I gooped it on pretty thick but after scraping (4-6) hours later I had to put another layer on a few spots. Use some steel wool or a toothbruch for the tricky spots and that should take care of the rest. I highly recommend using a stripper after wash (now that stuff smells toxic as opposed to the orange bubble gum smell of citristrip) to clean up your piece when you're done - it'll take off the gunk and any remaining stain/paint. Overall - great product does the job and smells like bubble gum. November 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by great product, takes longer on old-baked on oil based paint I've had such tremendous results with this stuff that I now love to redo furniture...only problem I encountered was removing paint from and old exterior door with oil-based paint that had been "baked on" from the sun over years. I was not able to get it all off (but then again I don't tend to be a patient person and probably start scraping too soon). After I got to the point where I was just DONE scraping...I stained over the top, and now have a unique looking shabby sheik door. Just wish I could learn patience....however, I have some BEAUTIFUL completely refinished pieces! Just keep trying and be patient if there's oil based underneath! August 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent product! Very easy to use! Within 30 minutes I was able to scrape the paint right off with hardly any effort. There was no bad odor. For spots the smeared, I applied solution to a paper towel and wiped right off! I will use this again! May 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Ugly Melted Away Previous owners thought peaks on enamel paint on the bathroom walls was an attractive finish. Ugh. This product melted away decades of paint right to the drywall without harsh odor so I could use it without ventilating the entire house in the middle of Winter. Easy to use, easy to clean up-follow all manufacturers' directions and it works as promised. March 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Good product It definitely removes old finishes. I used it to take the finish off of some secondhand furniture. Cautionary Note: I am still searching for some gloves that this product will not eat through, so double up, change gloves, and wash your hands frequently. July 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by EZ to use, apply, scrape n clean n doesnt stink I have solid wood cabs n kit that had enamel over them n where so yucky, I wanted to stripe n stain but dreaded the mess n hassle of stripping so I painted over them. I found this in store, thought I'd give it a try.. I tried this on a test spot to see how the whole "process worked" n left it on for the up to 24 hrs to see and then after 30 mins (a few hours works best) to see - both tests stripped off with easy, the longer one took more of the enamel off, it worked so well I went through the whole bottle and will be getting 3 more to finish the job. takes it right down to the wood! it might be a bit more price wise however considering time, effort n my labor it was beyond worth it! this will now be my ONLY stripping "chemical". it doesn't smell the kitchen actually smelt great. I don't wear gloves n glasses... splashed a small dot on my cheek, got some on my hands, opps dropped a blob on my foot....., no problem!!! was not going to eat my skin; just wash it off, I also brushed it on similar to paint coat wise , and brushed it on thicker layer. The thicker layers is the better way to go, the paint literally falls!! off. the layer of latex bubbled right off, the layer of enamel came off with scraping tool, I did use a metal scraper (experienced). no back breaking scrubbing, chipping, being frustrated... this is beyond easy and really works!! I'm actually lookin forward to stripping paint off the rest of the kitchen cabinets for some beautiful wood! any level DIYer will love this stuff August 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Saved my $$$ after a botched garage floor epoxy job. After the Valspar Epoxy failed to bond to the garage floor and started peeling up in sheets from tire pressure I had to get this junk off. The etching product included was not aggressive enough for a very smooth garage floor. I tried an angle grinder with knotted cup bush, a crimped cup brush, 8" blade scraper etc to remove the epoxy but that was futile. surprising.... Called Valspar and they gave me some remover options. A couple of them were insanely expensive and could not be sourced locally. This was the other option. I thought I was going to have to buy 20 1/2gal jugs to get the job done but it seems like only 4 may be in my future. One bottle covered 3/4 of one half of my double car garage. Painting it on with a brush takes time but works well, i tried a heavy nap roller but i'm not sure if the coverage will be the same to allow enough of a layer of the product. Leaving it on for 6-8 hrs seems to be the perfect time for my water based epoxy. When i returned the epoxy scraped off in massive strips without any pressure from the tool. The longer i left another area it seemed to be harder to get up and left a difficult to remove white ash. I will have to some some major prep to ready the surface again but there was no way I was scraping the epoxy off. This stuff saved me from becoming an alcoholic or being admitted to the psych ward October 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Pretty Good Stuff! We used this product to strip an outdoor deck with multiple layers of dark red solid color stain on it. It took a few coats, but the product did work and was very environmentally friendly. We have two dogs so I wanted to make sure whatever we used would not be hazardous to them. We tried to use one of the more harsh chemicals that you spray on and it didn't work nearly as good and it smelled terrible. My only complaints about this product are that it takes more than one coat (for our job anyway), it takes a long time to apply (you have to brush it on with a paintbrush), and it's pricey. We needed 6 containers and a power washer. I'm not sure it would have taken the stain off without a power washer. August 19, 2014
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