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1 qt. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel Non-NMP

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Product Details
  • Safe for indoor use
  • No harsh fumes
  • Strips multiple layers
About This Product

For even the newest DIY'er, CITRISTRIP is the effective brand of removers that has a fresh citrus scent. Use CITRISTRIP Paint & Varnish Stripping Gel to remove dried latex and oil-based paint, varnish, lacquer, polyurethane and shellac from wood, metal and masonry surfaces. It removes five layers of dried latex paint in under one hour. Keep out of reach of children.

  • No harsh fumes
  • Removes dried latex and oil-based paint
  • Strips multiple layers
  • CITRISTRIP Safer Paint & Varnish Stripping 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.
  • No methylene chloride or NMP.
  • Removes five layers of dried latex paint in under one hour.
  • Fresh citrus scent.
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Product ID #: 307416109Internet #: 751664008016Model #: QCSG801

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Container Size: 1 Quart


Container Size1 Quart


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

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Questions & Answers

Q:can i use this to remove old paint from a kids playhouse?
by|Feb 24, 2024
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Q:How do remove the loosened varnish? Wipe it off?
by|Feb 14, 2024
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A:  Loosened varnish should be removed with a plastic scraping tool.

by|Feb 19, 2024

    A:  Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, We have reached out to the manufacturer and their answer is, I am writing you in response to the question that you posted on www.homedepot.com [homedepot.com] [homedepot.com%20[homedepot.com]] asking how do remove the loosened varnish? Wipe it off? To remove the loosened varnish, gently scrape in direction of wood grain with a plastic stripping tool. For stubborn areas, use an abrasive stripping pad dipped into CitriStrip. A toothbrush, toothpick or stripping brush will help remove old finish buried in recesses. Use a clean abrasive pad dipped in After Wash or Odorless Mineral Spirits to loosen remaining finish and remove any residue. Surface should be completely clean and dry before refinishing. As the manufacturer, we are very interested in supplying consumers with the best quality product that delivers the expected performance. We pride ourselves on customer service and we consider our customers our first and highest priority. Thank you for being a valued customer and we appreciate your business.

    by|Feb 20, 2024
      Q:Can I use a power washer to clean the gel off the brick siding of a house?
      by|Feb 6, 2024
      1 Answer
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      A:  No. we do not recommend using a power washer.

      by|Feb 6, 2024
        Q:Can it remove paint from the concrete garage floor?
        by|Feb 3, 2024
        1 Answer
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        A:  Yes, the product covers 12 sq ft.

        by|Feb 5, 2024
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          Customer Reviews

          3.8 out of 5
          • 3.8 out of 1,921 reviews
          • 63% recommend this product
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          Works great !
          Works great with virtually no effort! With a brush thickly and evenly apply it to the surface, walk away, and watch the paint curdle. I’m stripping the paint on my side entry door to paint it black. I was so surprised at how well it works. With a spackle knife just gently scrape away and done !
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            Ruined My Cabinet
            I used Citristrip on a wooden cabinet, thinking it would be easier than sanding the louvered doors. It left dark, oily stains that I could not clean or sand out. I tried every suggestion I could find- mineral spirits, baking soda, everything- to salvage this wood. But my dream vanity cabinet was ruined. Don’t use this product on anything you’re attached to, folks.
              Best thing to remove old paint
              I first tried to use a heat gun and a putty knife to strip multiple layers of old paint. Very laborious and slow process.This stuff loosened 3 layers of old paint in a matter of an hour. As soon as you see old paint shriveling, you can easily scrape it off with a putty knife. Repeat to take off more layers. Then wait a day or two untill this stuff dries out and you can start painting or tiling.
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                I think most reviews of this product are in error
                I am stripping the old paint off a 1949 cello. I was using Klean Strip and it was working fine. But I ran out and got Citrus Strip just to finish up So far everything I read about this product is wrong. It dries just as fast as Klean Strip and it seems like you have to use 3 times as much. I had to use a brass wire brush and apply it 4 times. It may not smell but the old paint coming off is like glue and does not want to wipe off. Had to use soap and water to get this stuff off.
                  NEW FORMULA IS CRAP. DO NOT BUY!
                  Previous to 2022 this product was amazing. However sometime in mid 2022 there was a change in the ingredients for the worst. 90% of all the good reviews are 2022 and previous,. However, since mid 2022 to current September 2023, 90% of all reviews are negative with 1 star. I never leave reviews, but please trust me on this one guys, or it will be a waste of your time, money and will destroy your beautiful wood.
                    3 found this review helpful
                    Do NOT get on your skin
                    Some of the spray got in my glove. I thought it was sweat and didn’t flush with water and soap for two hours. Hand was numb for a day and the skin is still peeling everywhere on the hand now a week later. If it’s 97° with >80% humidity, you only need to wait ten minutes before scraping off. Nature’s heat gun
                      • Recommended
                      It works
                      Never used varnish remover, but this was top shelf won't use anything else. Didn't have to wait full 20 just 5 minutes it works great. Do suggest for people with air smell quality it helped
                        • Recommended
                        50 years of paint and varnish gone
                        Very happy with results. In the evening, I setup saw horses outdoors, laid panels flat, brushed on heavy, covered with plastic and let sit overnight. When I peeled the plastic off, a lot of the paint came off with it. I laid the plastic to the side and as I scraped, I placed it on the plastic to keep the mess down. Rolled it up when finished.
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                          1 found this review helpful
                          Simply awful
                          I just spent 6 hours stripping the front side of a metal exterior door. Worst product for the job. It does not say plastic wrap is a must. It dried in about 20 minutes while trying to wait the minimal 30 minutes for it to set. I used the whole bottle. While it did smell nice, I would use regular stripper if I ever decide to try this again. Total fiasco and waste of a day.
                            1 found this review helpful
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                            Latex-based dry paint, Latex-based wet paint

                            Latex-based dry paint, Varnish


                            Recommended Surfaces


                            All-Purpose, Brick, Ceramic Tile, Concrete, Floor, Gym Floor, Hard Floor, Hardwood Floors, Laminate, Marble, Metal, Painted Surfaces, Plastic, Stairs, Tile, Vinyl, Wall, Wood

                            Hard Surface, Multisurface, Painted Surfaces


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