Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 234
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYnewb 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 Aimee 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 DocD 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 Barleyman 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 CommanderDave 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 MikeB 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 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 4.0 out of 5.0 by butternut 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