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1/2 Gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel Non-NMP

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For even the newest DIY'er, CITRISTRIP is the effective brand of removers that has a fresh citrus scent. Use CITRISTRIP to remove multiple layers of dried latex and oil-based paint, varnish, lacquer, polyurethane and shellac from wood, metal and masonry surfaces. Removes five layers of dried latex paint in under one hour. Helpful Tips: Test in an inconspicuous area before use on any synthetic surface as strippers can damage these surfaces. Keep out of reach of children.
  • No harsh fumes
  • Removes dried latex and oil-based paint
  • Strips multiple layers
  • CITRISTRIP Paint & Varnish Stripping & Removing Gel is easy to use.
  • Stays wet and active for up to 24 hours allowing stripping of multiple layers in one step.
  • Removes dried latex and oil-based paint, varnish, lacquer, polyurethane and shellac.
  • Strips multiple layers from wood, metal and masonry surfaces.
  • Contains no methylene chloride or NMP (N-Methylpyrrolidone)
  • Removes five layers of dried latex paint in under one hour.
  • Fresh citrus scent.

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Product FormPasteGelPasteGel
Recommended Surfaces WoodHard Surface,Multisurface,Painted SurfacesCeiling,Wall,Wallpaper
Container Size 64 Ounce2 Quart1 Gallon
Solvent Type Water-BasedDibasic Ester,Ethyl Ester (Ethyl Acetate)Dibasic Ester
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Container Size64 Ounce


BiodegradableBiodegradableCombustibilityNot Combustible
Concentrated or Ready to UseReady to useInterior/ExteriorExterior,Interior
Materials RemovedVarnishNumber per Package1
Paint Prep & Cleanup Product TypePaint Remover,Paint StripperProduct Dispenser TypePlastic Bottle
Product FormGelRecommended SurfacesWood
Returnable90-DaySolvent TypeWater-Based

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  • 3.8
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It Works!
I decided against this product initially and went with the cheaper smelly chemical kind. I didn't think a citrus-smelling eco-friendly product would work on layers of old paint. I was wrong. It exceeded my expectations. Wear protective gear and cover your floor or you will be cleaning a gooey mess. Did not work on my Ashley bed. Just sat there for days. Price point is very high. Requires thick and multiple applications so you'll need several bottles.
    • Recommended
    1 found this review helpful
    Strips ok, but doesn't work for people with ADD
    This did an OK job stripping the varnish off my old furniture when I was able to finish my project with a few hours of putting on the gel. However, there were a few times where I would apply the gel, but then wasn't able to return to the project until the next day. Even though the directions say you have 24 hours to strip, let me tell you - I paid dearly for this mistake. What could have been a simple 30-min project turned into multiple hours, requiring regular paint stripper, something called After Wash, and multiple bags of steel wool. Overall: if you plan to strip within a few hours of when you apply the gel, I think you're good. If you have ADD like me and there's a chance you won't knock out everything in one go, then I'd advise against using the product.
    Works amazing
    It took off layers of cheap wall paint that was on a bathtub with ease.
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      Eventually gets there
      Redoing some chalkboards I was gifted and realized that they were painted over anywhere from 4-6 times. It managed to take most of it off in 3 coats - however, it dried too fast (even wrapped in a plastic bag overnight it dried). It struggled to get through chalkboard paint and I ended up actually using an old wood chisel to pull up strips of paint instead of a paint scraper for the first 2 passes. Not perfect, but I mostly needed it to reset the poor painting job(s).
        • Recommended
        1 found this review helpful
        Great results on multi-layered old window sill. Great results on dining room table.
        I've used this product on two different jobs, had great results both times. First, stripping a window sill in my 70 year old apartment. Must have had 25 layers of who knows what kinds of paint. Took 2 passes. First pass removes most of the paint and softens the remainder. 2nd pass gets you down to bare wood / metal. Also used on Dining Room table to remove manufacturer's varnish finish. This was piece of cake compared to the window sill! Got me down to bare wood in one pass. 12 hours would have been fine, but I gave it 24 hrs. Recommend ventilation as the odor gets on your nerves after a while. Recommend rough sanding before applying to give the material a head start. Recommend generous pour. You want significant amount evenly over the work. Recommend a paint brush to spread, but not a sponge brush. The stuff is stiff in texture and resists spreading. Recommend cling wrap over material to extend working time (for overnight or 24 hour treatments) Recommend green stripper pads to break up any stubborn spots Recommend afterwash or mineral spirits to remove stripper residue. For wood, I recommend plenty of dry-out time after you're done with all this. The process wets and softens the wood a bit. I would not sand or paint for 24 hours or more after you're done.
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        5 found this review helpful
        4 applications
        It took me quite awhile to finally get the result i wanted before primer. 4 tries. Waited day or 2 in between. Took my time. One or 2 left it gummy glue-like but 3rd and 4th took it off easier. Depends on time. If not in rush you wont feel stressed.
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        • Recommended
        Helps Removes Paint from Easily Damaged Surfaces
        [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] After having my kitchen ceiling repainted white, we noticed a lot of little spots of white paint of our light-colored, textured ceramic tile floor. Obviously, a drop cloth was not used during the final touch ups... Using a metal scrapped can easily damage textured ceramic tile, so I was looking for a product to help me easily remove the paint from my tile. CITRISTRIP worked great. I applied a thin layer over all of paint splotches, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then used a plastic scraper to remove the paint. The paint came up easily with just a little effort. CITRISTRIP has no harsh fumes and a somewhat pleasant citrus scent. Cleanup was easy with just a bit of floor cleaner and water. See the attached photos for a sample of the 1st paint splatter to be scrapped.
          • Recommended
          Smells great!
          [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] This paint stripper is excellent. The low fumes and great smell is a plus. This cuts through multiple layers of paint and varnish. The citrus stripper has easy to follow instructions and cleanup. I will definitely use this for all my paint needs.
            • Recommended
            Great for getting paint off bricks
            Used this for stripping layers of paint off a brick fireplace, and it worked amazingly. For best results, definitely leave on for at least 12-18 hours and you'll see thr paint just melt off.
              • Recommended
              2 found this review helpful
              [This review was collected as part of a promotion.] I received this Citristrip paint and varnish stripping gel in the mail and really was scheptical to use it as I have tried many. I am redoing a older corvette and I am stripping it down to the fiberglass. This Citristrip reall does work good. I tried a little spot to try it out and let it sit overnight. I went back and with just a little pressure and wiped it all off. I am pretty impressed with this product and how it works.It is pretty much odorless in smell besides the city’s smell. It really doesn’t have any harsh chemicals either. Thanks for the opportunity to try it.
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