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Citristrip

Model HCG73803T

Internet #100141801

Store SKU #329216

1/2 gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel

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

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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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Spray painted table

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Can this be used to strip down to bare wood?
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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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Can this product be used on Oak cabinet doors that have been painted with Kilz?

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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June 14, 2016
Can this product be used on Kilz that was used (painted) on Oak Cabinet doors to remove the Kilz? Nephew has decided he wants the wood refinished (restored to original finish). Tried using soda to blast off Kilz, but it pitted the soft grain of the wood. Help please!
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I believe it will work. You probably need to remove the doors so they can be put down flat and the stripper allowed to soak in uniformly, rather than running down. Give it plenty of time to soak into the paint. If you are working in hot dry summer heat outdoors or in garage, you may need to cover the stripper with plastic wrap or a vinyl trash bag to keep it from drying out too quickly, before it has Read More
I believe it will work. You probably need to remove the doors so they can be put down flat and the stripper allowed to soak in uniformly, rather than running down. Give it plenty of time to soak into the paint. If you are working in hot dry summer heat outdoors or in garage, you may need to cover the stripper with plastic wrap or a vinyl trash bag to keep it from drying out too quickly, before it has time to dissolve the paint. Read Less
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It is difficult to answer your question, in part, because there are lots of Kiltz products. None the less, Kiltz is a paint and the stripper should work.
Was the Kiltz put on raw wood or on previously finished wood? If on raw wood, it might be difficult getting the residue out of the deep grain. Residue remover is important.
I suggest that you go to the "ask the Pros" part of the strippers web site Read More
It is difficult to answer your question, in part, because there are lots of Kiltz products. None the less, Kiltz is a paint and the stripper should work.
Was the Kiltz put on raw wood or on previously finished wood? If on raw wood, it might be difficult getting the residue out of the deep grain. Residue remover is important.
I suggest that you go to the "ask the Pros" part of the strippers web site and borrow from there vast experience. Read Less
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Will this work to remove solid stain on a wood deck.

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Since solid stain is very like paint, the product should remove the stain. Depending on the nature of the deck surface, it may be difficult to get out all of the stain.
Since it sounds like a real big job, you might consider putting your question to "ask the pros" at the stain company's web site.
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Mike, I used this to remove stain off a concrete deck so I think it would. Just don't let it dry on the deck. I found after letting it sit and power washing the deck it worked well.
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Can i use this on metal or aluminum

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Yes. I used it to strip the finish off of an aluminum light fixture. If the paint if very old and hard, you may want to apply the stripper and then cover or wrap the item with plastic wrap or a vinyl trash bag to keep the stripper from drying out before it has time to dissolve the paint.
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This gel can be used on metal.
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Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 219 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 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 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 does not remove varnish very well Had to apply several coats to remove varnish and still had to scrape August 23, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Not for outdoor use We tried to strip a wooden retaining wall with 1 layer of peeling latex paint. The stripper was extremely ineffective and dried on the surface leaving a white crusty residue that is nearly as hard to remove as the paint itself. Temperature was about 75-80 and it was an overcast day. Probably works well indoors for small projects. Will not buy again. August 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent product Easy to apply even on vertical surface or under the cabinets. Two hours and it came off real easy with a plastic scraper. If you get it on too thick it takes longer to turn white. August 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love my results I picked up a rustic Mexican Pine lowboy dresser. It was painted.... Agh. But a good deal nonetheless (craigslist). It had primer underneath... At least several coated. Then a tan glossy paint with heavy dark glaze. This busted through it. Got all the drawers a side done today. Was only to test one, and wow. It worked. I let it sit a good hour before scraping. Used a wire bursh with mineral spirits to get in the corners. You'll want to that to. August 1, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Only Paint Stripper I Use This is the only stripper I will ever use. It's safe around kids and animals. The smell is minimal. I really love this product. August 16, 2016
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