Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 7
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by tajainwe Works well for varnish and stain!
I purchased this product despite the reviews, because I needed a stripper to remove varnish and stain on 11 chairs that I purchased to refinish. Following direction on the bottle, the stripper did what it's supposed to do. Due to the reviews, I tested a broken chair that I had, so that I may perfect my technique prior to using on the chairs I planned to refinish. I used a paint brush to apply the stripper onto the wood. I set my timer, and allowed the product to sit for 15 minutes. I used a plastic scraper and removed a lot of the varnish and stain. I then wiped the piece down with mineral spirits. Following the directions for stain removal, I then reapplied a thick coat to the piece, and using an abrasive sponge dipped in water in circular motions, I then worked in the stripper to remove the stain. Once worked in well, I used the mineral spirits again with a sponge. Once dry, I lightly sanded the piece to remove the last little bit of stain. Was time consuming the first time around, but now that I know the timing and process, will go much quicker. All in all took about 45 minutes for the small "test" piece.
July 10, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dlynes Impressed and worked well
I have never used a paint stripper before so I have nothing to compare this product to but I am very pleased with the product so far. I used the product to strip old paint from my stair case. From my limited experience, I would recommend not using the product in direct sunlight as it makes the product dry and be of no use.
March 11, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by sanluisobispoDIY works...but....!!!!
i needed some paint stripper to remove paint from an exterior wood porch..last time, i simply scraped and scraped, and slowly got the old paint off..this time, i was going to be smart and efficient, and buy this tin can of paint stripper, and wallah! ..like magic the old paint would be stripped off my porch !..and i would just have to wash the porch, and then paint it, and be done with it.!....right ?..i know some of you out there are considering buying and using this product, and thinking the same things as me, and that this will save you some time, and elbow grease, and will streamline your project.....wrong!..in my experience, this just created MORE work !....after applying this product, twice..first coat was too thin, and did nothing...so second coat: i gobbed this on heavily..and yes, SOME, i stress some, of the old paint did start to bubble, and shred, and pull up and separate from the wood..however...the result is a sticky, gooey mess, that is even harder at times to scrape up !..there's nothing worse, IMO, then making the dried old paint damp and sticky..it is even harder to scrape off!..i would rather my porch be bone dry, and i could get under the old paint and start scraping away. old school style...after using this product, the paint is gooey, sticky..and leaves a wet and slippery residue over the entire area where you spread this product......damp, and even more difficult to remove...my best example of the after effects from using this product would be to imagine an old piece of gum you steeped in..its sticky, its irritating, and a big mess..i DID follow all the directions, and i took my time, and although i have to say that technically this product did work on SOME of the old paint and did burn some of it up, it DOESN'T save you time, or work..you still have to scrape the gooey mess up, and IMO creates more work then if you just simply used a scrapper by hand..also, some of the old paint didn't come up or burn away..it just ignored some of the old paint, so I'll have to scrape those spots anyway.....so, i wouldn't recommend this product, and please, if your like me, and expected this to expedite your project, and cut out the aggravating scraping, i think you will be let down after using this product, and in for a big surprise !...also, be careful if you try to walk on it !..you will slip..it will also stick to the bottom of your shoes, and then you drag it inside on your carpet..!....also, no where on the can does it tell you what the yield is, and how much area this gallon of stripper will cover..you have to just kinda guess..!.....huh ??....well, i bought a gallon, and I'm glad i did, i considered only a quart..and this stuff doesn't go very far,..you have to apply it heavily, you cant just run a thin coat over the paint..it will do nothing !..you have to apply a thick coat to see any results..my porch is about 15 feet by 4 feet, and i used a whole gallon, applying liberally, and i still ran out....good luck ...your results may vary....
June 26, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by carol its ok but not great
We had a small area of old hardwood floor that had paint splatter all over it, really it looked like a 2 year old got a hold of a paint brush. Anyway we got this to strip the paint off so we didn't have to go through a million sanding pads. Well the stripper worked great at taking the old finish off the wood but left all the paint behind. I had better luck scrubbing it off with steal wool and hot water and was a lot less time consuming than using chemicals. If you need varnish removed this is great, but dont waste your time with it on old paint
May 14, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CraigG58 Doesn't work on latex painted concrete
The "Klean-Strip Strip-X Stripper" product claims to work on masonry, and Home Depot recommended it to me for stripping latex paint from my concrete driveway. The concrete is smooth, with no rough surfaces that would allow paint to sink in. In fact, it was peeling off on it's own in a lot of places.
I used three thick applications of this stripper, one at a time on several small areas (perhaps 2'x2'), being careful not to allow it to dry out. After 30 minutes, the results were no bubbling indicating the paint was separating, and next to no paint came off by scraping per the instructions on the can.
This product doesn't work on latex paint over concrete, and the manufacturer should remove that claim from the product can. Just a waste of $20, avoid this and find something that actually works.
April 19, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by edga works, but not always the best solution
I have six 70 year old quaker style two-panel doors that have lots all detail from all the layers of paint, and were starting to stick. I tried this first. It took 4 applications, outside, gagging from the chemicals, getting the sloppy residue all over (eventually ruining a pair of shoes as I carelessly stepped in it and solidified in the tracks). It still didn't get off everything.
I then tried a heatgun. In one pass of the heat gun, it took everything thing off completely. It still took about 4-6 hours per door to strip it (i'd work 1 hour on, 1 off to cool the gun down). then one day to clean, sand, fill in dings, sand, then one day to paint.
I think chemicals would work best on refinishing a product with varnishing or stains, like a (SMALL!) piece of furniture. A big job like doors or frames with layers and layers of paint I'd try a heat gun, or experiment with a few options to find out what works best for you.
September 7, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by RecordBiz It wasn't a total loss
Needing to strip paint from near 100 year old red oak i bought the strongest stripper i could find. It was messy and because of all the layers of paint it took several applications of this product to get all the paint off. It is a very time consuming process I might add. I found out from a friend to use a Heat gun. WOW! This was much faster and cleaner, However there was old varnish under the many layers of paint that was still clogging my sand paper up. wouldn't you know it if this stripper wasn't the perfect anwser to this problem, took the varnish off and left the wood ready to be tore up with the sander. It works, but there are better alternatives. I think it's best to use the buddy system here with a heat gun and this liquid stripper.
October 30, 2011