Citristrip 1-qt. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel-QCG73801T - The Home Depot


Model # QCG73801T

Internet # 100208204

Store SKU # 329152

1-qt. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel

Citristrip 1-qt. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel

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$11.98 / each


Model # QCG73801T

Internet # 100208204

Store SKU # 329152

The Citristrip 1 quart. 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.

California residents: seeProposition 65 information

  • 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.)  32 
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  No 
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 4.0 out of 5 by 74 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by A product that actually DOES work Used product to remove God knows how many layers of paint from a 50 yr old staircase, Gel based product stays put on vertical surfaces. Product took about 5 hrs to bubble up meaning ready time. Easily scraped off multi layers of old paint with spackle knife. Used old kitchen pan scrub brush with diluted dish soap to scrub off remaining white paint residue, which allowed bare new looking wood to appear September 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Don't waste your time with anything else. After trying 2 other paint stripping products that were complete failures even after 48 hours wrapped in damp towels, I was about to give up. Thank goodness I listened to the store associate who convinced me to give this product a shot. I am in awe. Multiple layers of 30 plus year old paint on wrought iron patio furniture simply bubbles up and wipes away with CitrusStrip. A bonus...It smells fantastic! No more dizzy headaches! May 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Like Magic! I bought this paint stripper because it was supposed to be lower in fumes, and I was not disappointed. I would definitely keep in mind the temperature recommendations when stripping- it suggested to wait 30 minutes between applying product and stripping paint- however in the summer heat 30 minutes was too long and it had already dried, 5-10 minutes was a perfect wait time for me September 17, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CitrusStrip did not live up to the reviews. I had read about Citrus Strip and how good it was so when I ran out of my furniture stripper I thought I would give it a try. It's more expensive than the brand I use which I get at Home Depot also but if it works better and saves me time then it's worth it. Well I read the instructions and applied as directed. I have been restoring furniture for over 5 years now, not my profession but i have enough knowledge in this field. I brush it on a mid century end table I was working on and it has a lot of different angles and corners so I was hoping it would strip the varnish on the piece so I would have less sanding. It said on the bottle that once on you can wait from 1 hr. up to 24 hrs and would keep a wet look. Then all you do is scrap off the top coat. This piece only had a topcoat, no paint or stain so I thought it should be relatively easy. Well I went to work on something else while this was suppose to work to remove the varnish. I came back in a hour and what I saw was dried up crud on the piece where I had brushed it on.; I tried to scrap it off with a plastic scraper and it didnt budge. Then I brushed on more citrusstrip over the dried up gel and after 30 mins. it was not stripping the varnish much. I had to finally clean it all off with mineral spirits and sand it down to the bare wood. I could of done this without the stripper and not have to clean the mess it made. I took a couple of pics of the dried up solvent and how it left the legs after I scraped it off. I spent close to another 2 hrs cleaning up the mess on the furniture. I dont mind the higher price but its more expensive, added time to work, AND doesn't work. I am going to return this to the Store and go back to my regular stripper. Yes it smells nice but I need it to work. Very dissatisfied with the product and besides time I used up a half a bottle of Mineral Spirits which isn't cheap. I am glad it worked for some of you but for me this product did not live up to the hype. September 18, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great product but pricey I love how effective this product is, but part of the reason I refinish furniture is to save money. Citristrip seems to be more effective when you use a generous amount & the containers come in small, kind of costly quantities. I have used it on a vanity (one of those from the 1920s or so) that was very, very dark. The almost black varnish/stain was pulled out of the wood within minutes, revealing a beautiful wood grain. I've also used this on a bookcase that has at least 3 layers of paint and one very black stain. With one application I removed the first few layers of paint. It will require 1 more to remove the stain, I think. The cost has kept me from purchasing any more. Yet, having asthma (plus kids) the non-toxic qualities are a big plus. January 14, 2014
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