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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.
  • No harsh fumes. Fresh citrus scent.

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NameAdvanced 1 qt. Environmentally Friendly Safer Paint and Varnish Remover1/2 Gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel Non-NMP64 oz. Paint and Varnish Stripping Paste Non-NMP1 Gal. Sprayable Remover and Stripper
Materials RemovedVarnishVarnishLatex,Latex-based dry paint,Oil-based dry paint,VarnishEpoxy,Latex-based dry paint,Oil-based dry paint,Polyurethane,Shellac,Varnish
Recommended Surfaces WoodMetal,Painted Surfaces,Vinyl,WoodHard Non-Porous Surfaces
Container Size 64 Ounce64 Ounce1 Gallon
Solvent Type Water-BasedGlycol EtherEthyl Ester (Ethyl Acetate)
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Container Size
64 Ounce


Not Combustible
Concentrated or Ready to Use
Ready to use
Materials Removed
Number per Package
Paint Prep & Cleanup Product Type
Paint Remover,Paint Stripper
Product Dispenser Type
Plastic Bottle
Product Form
Recommended Surfaces
Solvent Type

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  • 3.8
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    1 person found this helpful
    Only works for certain applications
    I have used this in the past on un sealed stain and latex paint and worked well so I thought it would work stripping a dining room table. WRONG. I glopped it on thick, covered it with plastic wrap, waited 24 hrs and barely anything came off. Waste of time and money for this type of application.
      Doesn't work
      I had an old bottle that I had not used, so I got another since this was safe to use indoors. I was stripping my dining room table top. There were many spots that it did not remove, and they remained sticky, and a few could not be sanded out. I had taped the edges and center opening, but since this product was so bad, I used another product that is safe for indoor use and washes with water. Those sections came out totally cleaned off. The image shows the center line that was done with the other product (Klean Strip green).
        2 people found this helpful
        It Only removed yellow paint but not white primer.
        Guys, I had an old cedar trunk to refinish. This product was recommended by someone on Twitter. It removed yellow paint from the trunk about 98%. There was white primer underneath and it was not removed. In fact, it smeared back and forth. I covered it with plastic for overnight and will check it again in the morning. So far 3/5 stars.
          1 person found this helpful
          Formula change is not good
          Beware! The good reviews are about the old formula. It used to work great. The new formula is crap. I was stripping my dining table. Did half with the old formula and ran out. Next bottle i bought was the new formula. The stain just isnt coming off and I’ve tried 3 different times. So disappointing.
            25 people found this helpful
            Don't make my mistake!
            I suppose this would be fine to use on small piece of furniture with simple lines, but I got way in over my head and have a huge mess on my hands. I have two antique spindly bed frames that I needed to strip. I slopped this stuff all over both beds and let them sit overnight. By the next morning some of it had already dried on and it took SO long to scrape the gloppy mess off all the intricate details that the rest dried on over the course of the next 2 days. Now I'm on round 3 of applying and scrapping and I just don't know what to do. Bottom line: this stuff is possibly NOT as affective as it claims to be. I've read MANY accounts from ppl who say the formula has been changed in recent years and it is not as powerful as it used to be! BUT it may work just fine for you if you do small, manageable areas at a time and just know it'll prob take a couple applications to work (which can be time consuming and get expensive!). Whatever you do, DON'T let it dry on your piece!
              10 people found this helpful
              Bike frame magic!
              I used this to strip the original paint off a 10 year old bike. It worked like magic. After only one hour the paint was literally falling off the frame. SOO much easier than sanding. To be clear there were small patches here and there that I either need to hit a second time or scrape off by hand. But over all, what could have been an all day, or multiple day, project ended up taking just a couple hours. The attached picture is after one hour and I hadn't even started pulling the paint off my self yet.
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                7 people found this helpful
                Single coat per application
                While this product is up to current EPA standards and works to strip paint I find it far less effective than banned Methylene Chloride stripper. I used to get 2-3 coats off per application and this stuff will only take off a single coat per application and usually requires 2 applications when using on oil based paints. Application isn’t easy because it doesn’t flow well, requires allot of pushing around to coat evenly. I will continue to use because there really are no good alternatives but I’m far from satisfied with it having used far more effective products in the past. Apply stripper, wrap with plastic wrap, repeat.
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                  9 people found this helpful
                  Wash it off.
                  I used this on a porch swing. It worked pretty well to take the old stain off. Still needed a good palm sanding, however. Nice that it has no toluene and doesn't smell bad and you really don't need a mask so I could use in my shop in the basement. Wrap with Saran wrap to keep it wet. I recommend, however that you wash well if you get any on you. Here's why. I applied it with a new three inch foam brush. When i was done, i dropped the brush on newspaper on my work bench. I came back about a week later and found what you see in the photo. It basically ate the foam off the holder. :-)
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                    3 people found this helpful
                    Very good product and plesent smelling. I found some helpful hints on YouTube how to enhance its ...
                    Very good product and plesent smelling. I found some helpful hints on YouTube how to enhance its effects. Lay down a good coating of Citristrip and then cover it with plastic, I bought a cheap paint brush, plastic scrapers and plastic tarp at Home Depot for this. Make sure the plastic is in full contact with the CitriStrip. I let it sit a few hours, on the touch panels I left it overnight. Remove the plastic and scrap with a plastic scraper. In my case the varnish came off easy. Some sanding and the original wood came through.
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