Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 232
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 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 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 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
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 1.0 out of 5.0 by CC Not for me
Used the product on old woodwork, door frames and window frames on interior. These items had minimum 3 layers of paint and a layer of varnish on the original wood. Patchy softening took place after multiple applications.In the end had to use a heat gun to remove layers then sand. Would only recommend for small furniture type pieces.
September 13, 2016
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