Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 206
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gardenbuff Best stripper ever!
Purchased this Citristrip for a roadside find, student desk. I read online reviews of the low odor which was a priority. Bought it at HD along with plastic scrappers. The desk had a medium stain with what appeared to be magic marker colors all over the top. The stripper worked great in 30 minutes. I did go over some areas twice due to my impatience, yet still had about a 5th of the 1/2 gallon left after stripping the entire desk. The product smelled like bubblegum. I did find in the Florida summer heat it tended to dry rather quickly.in my garage. Much to my surprise I found beautiful maple and birch wood underneath all that. Solid wood, stamped 1960, made in the USA, what more can a person ask for! I intended to re stain until I found that beautiful maple under there, so I went back to HD and found Minwax wipe on poly clear coat. It got good reviews online as well, easy to use, wipe on, let dry, that's it. I put two coats on and it gave it a beautiful showroom shine. I just stand back and look at it in awe. See photos.
May 3, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MEW 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 2.0 out of 5.0 by Hobbit0290 Would Not Recommend For Multiple Paint Layers
I tried this product on the wood trim around my living room. It would work great if there wasn't a stubborn second layer of paint underneath that doesn't want to let go of the wood. I've been having to apply one layer, scrape it off, apply another layer, scrape it off, then use a heat gun to scrape off the rest. Also, it doesn't stay moist for 24 hours as the package suggests. I applied, left for a couple hours, and came back to a chalky, tacky feeling mess that didn't pull much paint off.
July 5, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by greatlakesfocus Waste of money. Returning to store.
As described, the product has a citrus smell and is not at all overwhelming even for an indoor application. Product was applied and after 30 minutes, (68 degrees, indoor, out of sun or wind, per product instructions), a plastic scraper was used to strip away what appeared to be 2-3 coats of deep, red paint from wood trim. Performance was inconsistent. In a few areas, the paint scraped away entirely. In most areas, the paint gummed up and smeared, and even mineral spirits were not strong enough to clear the product and the rubbery clumps of paint left behind. Using a wire wheel to remove the residue. Will not attempt to use this product again.
May 15, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Westlain Waste of time
May be OK for small furniture projects but for larger projects such as wooden garage door not OK. I have just wasted 11 hours of my time with this product. I wish it came off as easy as it went on.Followed directions to the letter, except for the recommended plastic scraper. I have NO idea how a plastic scraper would even work. I had to use a metal paint scraper to get off the little I could. I had even use two coats it was not even applied too thin. Lucky for me they have a manufactures warranty so I am off to Home Depot to get my money refunded.
June 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by wdtr Orange Power
I have used this product twice now and it has worked well both times. I do find that on the older paints it doesn't bubble up and remove as easily.
June 28, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mauigirl It works
Works but need to be patient! No sanding, not messy at all! We used it on our banister to stain it dark Kona color. No fumes or strong smell, we did had to apply it maybe 2x to fully get the thick varnish out. Claude at the Laguna Niguel store was so helpful
June 20, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by june It worked on most layers, eventually. Good stuff for low odor.
I used this on a very old floor, many types of varnish because I can't deal with heavy fumes or sawdust. I had bought other 2 types which did not work as well,not even low VOC. The hardest thing about this type of stuff is that it tends to soak in and/or dry too fast. It can keep working once it is gooey but if it crystallizes with the old varnish, it is finished being effective. Cleaning the remaining goop off is the biggest part of the work. The oak floor is 92 years old.
December 15, 2015