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 147 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 2 Projects 2 different results. The CITRISTRIP stripping gel worked great on my FIRST project which was stripping the steps inside my house. It did not have any bad odor or harsh fumes just a strong citrus scent, I applied it generously to the steps and let it sit over night, the next day the stripper had done its job it had bubbled up and the scraping and clean up went very well and the gel did not damage the wood at all. One word of caution make sure you wear gloves and goggles when using this product I accidently got some in my arm and it did start to give a burning sensation. Now onto my Second project with CITRISTRIP , I applied the stripper to an old trestle table I was restoring , the results were totally opposite , no pealing of the paint at all. I would recommend the CITRISTRIP to anyone interested in purchasing it however do a small test area first and see how it is going to perform on your project if it works then great if it does not then you can return it to HOME DEPOT. (I take time to do product reviews, help keep me doing them by rating my review) hope this review was helpful. April 14, 2015
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 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 1.0 out of 5.0 by Don't waste your time or money I was told to try this product to remove paint from old fashioned tin tiles. I put it on generously as instructed. Instructions say to wait from 30 minutes to up to 24 hours. I tried after an hour, nothing. After four hours I could scrape away some paint, but it was still not easy. After 18 hours, it hadn't got any better. Possibly because the surface isn't flat, so I couldn't use a flat scraper, but it took over one hour to scrape the paint off of one 2x2 tile. For a ten tile project like mine, that is twenty hours of stripping, not worth the time at all. For me it would have been easier, cheaper, and smarter to skip using this product and just pain over what was there. Also, the scraping time wasn't any better after 24 hours either. April 20, 2015
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 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
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
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