Rated 2.7 out of 5 by 30
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by adser Follow the directions
Having read some of the reviews, it seems that other users are not following the directions or trying to use the product to remove things it was not designed to do. It worked fine to remove 2 coats of very old paint from a door frame. The only things I would add are that:
a) You have to check on the progress every now and then after you apply it. If the paint starts to wrinkle then go ahead and scrape. If not, leave it on a little longer. If left on too long it will dry out and the paint will go to a semi-hard state. If you scrape and it hasn't had time to work, you just wasted the stripper. So it is a balance between not enough and too much time.
b) Use a real paint scraper that allows you to apply downward pressure while pulling towards you. Using a putty knife is a waste of time. Going to a real paint scraper cut my time and effort in half.
Also, make sure you use gloves and cover any exposed skin - this stuff can burn. And use a metal container to apply it.
May 26, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by cca50 not worth the container it came in
Stripping a relative new gun stock. Following directions exactly. On the 5th try and still over hafl the original finish is still there. Don't waste your time with this stuff.
April 25, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by bhughes It quickly turns into dry globs in the container
The paste has a big problem, the liquid is super-duper. Try to find the best stripper out the...the liquid.
February 22, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Fumanchu Didn't work. Returning product
Didn't strip 1 layer of latex paint from a door. Made the paint soft and after 3 coats at different temperatures I still have to use another stripper.
February 28, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Natalie powerful, fast, cheap
Works great as long as you follow the directions and time it properly. It's more like a clear gel than a paste - will drip of you put too much on the brush.
Apply thickly in one direction. Set a timer. Remove with a plastic scraping tool a few within the 15 minute window. Don't let it sit much longer than 15 mins. Work in small sections at a time.
It effectively removed 5-10 layers of paint from my 90-year-old wood trim around windows/doors - a mixture of latex, oil and lead paint. Some areas needed 2-3 applications. Some areas came off entirely on the first coat. The paint bubbled up within 2 minutes! I also used a metal scraping tool for stubborn areas.
Also be sure to wear protective gloves, eyewear & mask - errant paint chunks that land on your skins/eyes will burn! Put down a drop cloth and have a container to put all the paint globs. Seems impossible to not make a mess. Tape off walls/surrounding areas that have paint/surfaces that would be damaged by the stripper gel.
October 6, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Donn4F4y I'LL NEVER USE ANOTHER BRAND
Easy to apply Just brush on and I only waited 2 min's and then scraped off. This product took off way more layers than any other brand I've worked with and in less time. Very pleased with the end results.
October 18, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by sk92105 Stripping paint is a lot of work
I had one layer of paint on filter tank I wanted off. On the top it worked well only were it was flat enough to hold onto a really thick layer of stripper. On the sides of the tank it was less effective and cleaning up the stripper ended up being a lot of work. Like someone else mentioned it seemed to work better years ago. Second and third applications of stripper had minimal effect on remaining paint.
If this product has a required product to use for cleanup it should be packaged that way.
July 23, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Alice NASTY!!!!!
Okay, maybe on a flat surface this stuff would work. It does not work well on door and window surrounds that are still attached to the wall. Gravity is its enemy. The stuff has a consistency of snot. The kind of snot you get when you have a bad cold ....thick and nasty. It glops out of the can. It didn't want to stay on the brush and I couldn't, therefore, get enough on the walls to do the job. Chunks of this very caustic substance fell to the floor, necessitating me to get on hands and knees with paper toweling to make sure none remained (the plastic tarp moved when I moved my ladder)
The stuff is VERY caustic and nasty. Take seriously the warning to wear goggles and gloves. I'd add long sleeves and pants (not shorts) because even the smallest splatter burns where it lands.
I wouldn't have minded the caustic nature of the product if it actually worked!
May 4, 2015