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Customer Reviews for Citristrip 1 qt. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel Non-NMP

Internet #307416109

Model #QCSG801

Store SKU #1003917283

  • Safe for indoor use
  • No harsh fumes
  • Strips multiple layers

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Have used various strippers in my lifetime,this product isn't messy,gets the job done qick and ea...
Have used various strippers in my lifetime,this product isn't messy,gets the job done qick and easy,kudos
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The half gallon size gives you plenty of product to remove paint and/or varnish from a wide range...
The half gallon size gives you plenty of product to remove paint and/or varnish from a wide range of surfaces. Like any paint remover the item you are working on makes a big difference on how easy or hard the process is. But this remover takes off a coat of paint at a time without a problem. The citrus base is supposed to be safer and better for the environment. The product can be applied by brush or poured and spread evenly. I am planning on using this for my paint removal needs for the foreseeable future.
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The Citristrip Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel is an apt name for this product. It is a gr...
The Citristrip Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel is an apt name for this product. It is a great thing to be able to safely restore needed household and workshop items in the wintertime. While there are many products that can do the job effectively, most of them require them to be used outdoors due to the noxious and dangerous fumes. This stripper has a pleasant citrus scent worked as quick or more quickly than other products and its biodegradable feature allowed us to be sensitive to environmental concerns..The picture does not do justice to the effectiveness of this product. We heartily recommend this product due to its flexibility, its ease of use and cleanup.
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A very innovative and effective paint stripper with no toxic fumes. Because it is a gel it will n...
A very innovative and effective paint stripper with no toxic fumes. Because it is a gel it will not run or drip and make a mess. Once applied it stays put and its working life is 24 hours for tougher jobs. Here is a big plus, it can be used indoors! It really does have a pleasant smell but do not let that fool you so follow the safety instructions carefully and wear protective equipment to protect your hands and eyes. You will need a paint scraper which is used to lift and peel the old finish off. A stiff brush, like an old toothbrush is handy for getting into small crevices and wood grain. After satisfied with the results it is best to use a stripper remover and then some mineral spirits to get the surface ready for a new application of a finish. Those should be used outdoors or with plenty of ventilation. A great product for safely removing paints!
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This may be a fun product for children to play and pretend, but if tasks require real work, select something else. This stuff is a joke. Claims it removes multiple layers. Wrong. Doesn’t entirely remove one layer of white wash. I brushed on the goo as directed and allowed three hours dry time. I switched from plastic to steel when scraping. I even scrubbed with steel wool soaked in mineral spirits. Nope. Waste of time and money with Citristrip.
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    Product worked really well - follow instructions as directed and you’ll be pleased. Has a pleasa...
    Product worked really well - follow instructions as directed and you’ll be pleased. Has a pleasant scent - not overwhelming at all. I was worried about using it inside the house but it wasn’t a problem at all. My family and I have asthma and the Citristrip took off all of the old layers of paint without any hazardous odors or toxic fumes! It does exactly what they say it does
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    This is the only stripper I will use. It has no harsh chemicals or fumes, and makes stripping all...
    This is the only stripper I will use. It has no harsh chemicals or fumes, and makes stripping all kinds of paints and finishes a breeze. I've used it for: - removing latex paint from oak trim - removing a poly finish and stain from an oak dresser than I wanted to finish in a lighter color It's really easy to use, and unlike most other strippers, has a pleasant orange smell and no noxious fumes. You just brush it on - I recommend a nylon bristle brush. After applying a generous coat, let it sit for a while and it does all the hard work for you. Then you can just scrape or wipe off the underlying finish. Depending on the number of layers and type of finish, it may take some scrubbing, or you can always apply another coat. I've found that it is able to take off several layers of finish at once, though I've never had more than about three at a time so I don't know for sure how many it will do. The one downside is it's fairly messy to use, but I think any kind of stripping job is going to be messy. Use a drop cloth or be prepared to clean a lot of old paint / finish off your floor. I think it cleans up with water, but I'd probably not recommend using a brush you intend to paint with later to apply it.
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    This is an excellent paint stripper. The thick, gel like formula holds well to the item being str...
    This is an excellent paint stripper. The thick, gel like formula holds well to the item being stripped. There were little to no fumes noticeable. I tested on a 40 year old baseboard molding with a "kazillion" layers of paint. As a precaution, I did wear a respirator assuming there had to be lead in some of the paint layers. After application, I waited 15 minutes (per instructions) as the paint bubbled up using a plastic putty knife to remove the finish. Pretty much all of the layers of paint came off except for the original base coat primer. (Please see photos). Also suggested in the directions. I applied a second coat and covered with kitchen plastic wrap and left overnight. All of the remaining paint came off without the need for a chemical wash. (please see photos). I would recommend this method (if possible). A great product and no fumes. 5 Stars for ease of use and effectiveness.
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    Overall this product is a mix of mostly good, some not so good. Pros: * I didn't really notice a...
    Overall this product is a mix of mostly good, some not so good. Pros: * I didn't really notice a harsh chemical smell using it in a large, enclosed garage. * It's biodegradable * Non-toxic Cons: * It seems to take a really long time to work. * Covering your work is almost a necessity due to how long it takes. * Can be very messy. Be careful where and how you use this.
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    Citristrip 1 qt. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel Non-NMP There are several things I like about Citristrip Stripping Gel. First, it is available in a 1 quart size. Previously, I purchased stripper in a larger container and often had too much left over and had to safely store the unused portion. Next, there are no toxic or offensive fumes- I can safely use this indoors! Finally, it just plain works. I’ve used it to strip the wooden railing on our staircase, and was able to get it down to bare wood and a new finish.
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    Great for stripping paint without using crazy chemicals, but still expect to wear gloves and eye ...
    Great for stripping paint without using crazy chemicals, but still expect to wear gloves and eye protection (which you should be anyways). Has a nice citrus smell and is low odor. The formula is more of a gel which I personally prefer to work with for better control. A lot of strippers use a more fluid chemical which can be alright for some applications but if you’re working on anything other than a flat surface, you’re in for a tricky project. But not with gel :)
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    This is a unique review as I actually selected two paint strippers to compare. Unfortunately, th...
    This is a unique review as I actually selected two paint strippers to compare. Unfortunately, the weather has not cooperated for me to be able to test outside where I wanted to test. Don't worry, as I had another area to test. I recently spray painted a trailer in the garage not realizing the overspray was coating the garage floor. I also had a piece of decorative wood left from another project. Here are my results. This product had a longer use time. It took a bit longer for it to really get in there and work. it also stayed usable longer. At the 15 minute mark, way under the suggested wait time, it was removing some of the paint, but not that easily. It was almost kind of sticky on the wood. At the hour mark, it was much easier to scrape away the unwanted paint layer. Product B on the right in the pictures was really easy at the 15 minute mark, but just about dry at the hour mark. Depending on the application, this product would be my choice for big project or those that take awhile. The fact that it did not dry that fast allowed me to strip a little larger area with the same amount of stripper. As I scraped it off and left it, it worked to remove more of the paint in the surrounding area. You will see in the pictures as this product is on the left.
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    I love this stuff. I used it initially to strip stain from a pine deck. It works well but you m...
    I love this stuff. I used it initially to strip stain from a pine deck. It works well but you must be patient and do it in the correct conditions. The best part of this is the reduced risk to children and pets. I have 2 of each and was comfortable using around them. No toxic poisons and doesn't stink. It works slowly and well for latex paints but will work on stain.
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    I liked how this stripper gel has a nice citrus scent and is biodegradable. I used this stripping...
    I liked how this stripper gel has a nice citrus scent and is biodegradable. I used this stripping gel to remove multiple layers of latex paint from an old rustic log I am using for a project. Gel works very fast once applied, around 30-35 minutes you can see results. I applied this in an outdoor environment but am please to see that it can also be used indoors. A great overall stripping gel.
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    The Citristrip 1 quart safer paint and varnish stripping gel. I purchased this item before in ren...
    The Citristrip 1 quart safer paint and varnish stripping gel. I purchased this item before in renewing older furniture. This product is easy to use and is safe indoors without the harsh chemical smell.....still I use the product in my shop. When I use this product I apply the gel on the piece and allow to sit overnight to 24 hours for best results. This product makes it easy to remove old varnish stain and paint. And as always use the proper PPE such as chemical- resistant gloves and goggles to protect yourself from a splash. This product can be used on wood,metal and masonry surfaces. And cannot be used on fiberglass or vinyl surfaces.The product contain no Methylene Chloride or NMP
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    I have used this Citristrip paint and varnish stripping gel in the past and it worked great. I w...
    I have used this Citristrip paint and varnish stripping gel in the past and it worked great. I was skeptical at first since I am one of those believers that if it is not hazardous, flammable and or makes you light headed when using that it does not work. Even though this product can cause burning, it is no where near as bad as other chemical paint removers I have used in the past. You apply it in one color and when the color changes, it is time to remove it and it is really easy to remove.
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    Has a pleasant smell without giving off chemically fumes. Thick gel coating that really sticks t...
    Has a pleasant smell without giving off chemically fumes. Thick gel coating that really sticks to surface. Used on a door that has many layers of paint and it did definitely take off some layers even just with wiping on first use. Scraping removed more with first use but could probably use a few more coats before getting down to original wood of door.
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    This is really good paint stripper! It has a very low odor smells like oranges not overwhelmed by...
    This is really good paint stripper! It has a very low odor smells like oranges not overwhelmed by a chemical smell. Using it to strip the paint and a layer of sealer from a wooden chest of drawers and vanity from a 27 year old bedroom suite. So far it's been fairly easy. I am using a 1 1/2 in paintbrush to apply it. It's a gel so it doesn't drip like conventional strippers I've used in the past! Once you apply it starts bubbling up and you can wipe it off with a rag ! How easy is that. Rubber gloves are required to be safe. However it is not as harsh as many other products on the market used for removing paints and poly etc. Can be used on metal also. Plan to get more to strip down some patio chairs this spring. Awesome product !
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    Projects are great but I usually shy away from stripping down furniture - I hate the smell of the...
    Projects are great but I usually shy away from stripping down furniture - I hate the smell of the products! This Citristrip Safer Paint And Varnish Stripping Gel is much easier on me and I can use it indoors! The gel is pretty thick, and it stays wet ( meaning active!) for a full day. Instructions are very clear and easy to follow. This product is available in a variety of sizes as well. As with any stripping agent you should use protective gear. This works on the most basic job to multiple layers of paint! Happy camper here with a new project!
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    Great alternative for getting paint off. This is a fabulous stripper for removing layers of paint...
    Great alternative for getting paint off. This is a fabulous stripper for removing layers of paint from surfaces. A great use is pulling paint off of woodwork including furniture and cabinets. Just apply it and let it sit. The old saying is that stripping is based on time, chemical strength, and agitation (scrubbing.) Well this in it's gel form is a great way to use less chemical strength and less scrubbing to get the job done. Really like how this smells and works.
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    The stripping gel has a very pleasant smell. This makes tough jobs of stripping paint, slightly m...
    The stripping gel has a very pleasant smell. This makes tough jobs of stripping paint, slightly more enjoyable. the gel is not watered down. This makes it easy and allows the gel to work a little longer in one area. It does take a bit of time for the chemicals to start working. I found adding a fan to the room speeds up the stripping and using a 6" putty knife was the most efficient tool for scraping off the gel.
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    This Orange scent stripper worked wonders and saved me hours of sanding. And NO Obnoxious smells ...
    This Orange scent stripper worked wonders and saved me hours of sanding. And NO Obnoxious smells while using CitrStrip to boot. Even better for those that are price conscience is that the stripper comes in at $0.31 Per Ounce (64oz bottle) {Or $0.41/Ounce for the 32oz (1qrt) bottle} at the time of this post. A great price and cheaper than most other strippers. The instructions are straight forward, apply with a paint brush and let sit for 30 minutes and then scrape away. The product says that it will stay “wet” for up to 24 hours and I can agree because I applied the CitirStrip product directly onto the hardwood strip to remove some old black paint so I can refurbish the wood and then forgot about it. I left the stripper on the wood overnight outside in temperatures that reached 40F. Instructions say for best results use between 65-85F away from strong breeze and direct sunlight. When I did remember the following day, I uses a paint scraper and the paint mostly rolled right off. I was very pleased with the results and the remainder of the paint came off with some more scraping. What paint didn’t come off due to being deep into the wood grain came off with some simple sanding.
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    Citrus Strip Stripping Gel I picked up this nightstand at a local resale store with plans of usin...
    Citrus Strip Stripping Gel I picked up this nightstand at a local resale store with plans of using it in my office/3rd bedroom. The finish was in rough condition but for $5 I knew I could repurpose it. I used Citrus Stripping gel to remove the original finish. It was a warm day, so I worked under my carport. The stripper has a pleasant citrus fragrance. As always when working with chemicals I wore my protective gloves and safety glasses. I used an old paintbrush to apply the stripper. This is how the nightstand looked after 1 application of Citrus strip. (I rushed this application) The next day I applied Citrus Strip a 2nd time. This application removed the remainder of the old finish. However, Stains had permeated the grain. I cleaned the piece with mineral spirits. I also cleaned the paint brush with mineral spirits the washed it with dish soap and water. The paint brush came out clean and soft. I sanded the piece first using 80 grit paper then with 120 grit. Stains were still visible, so I opted for a painted finish. Before painting I again cleaned the piece with mineral spirits. Thanks to the gel stripper and mineral spirits my paint brush was clean. I used the same brush to paint that I used to apply the stripper. I am well pleased with the efficiency of this product. It is low odor. On cold days I sometimes work in an unfurnished room of my house, and I can use this product inside. I wore protective clothing and gloves as directed. However, while moving the piece for better access I brushed unprotected skin against the gel. There was no discomfort or redness to the affected skin.
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    My girlfriend likes to repaint furniture and old fireplace surrounds so we're trying out all type...
    My girlfriend likes to repaint furniture and old fireplace surrounds so we're trying out all types of paint strippers to see which one works best for us and easiest. First up is this Citrus scented gel type stripper. It works really well on every place we tried. You just brush it on and let it sit for about 30 minutes or up to 24 hours if really stubborn paint. Then scrape or rinse off once the paint lifts. Wood, brick, it all worked fine. It will even soak into hinges and remove old paint stuck in screw heads, etc. Do not use this on fiberglass or plastics. It has a citrus scent but you still should be using good rubber gloves and eye protection. It comes in handy small containers, which are easier to handle and store. We'd recommend it.
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    A very effective stripper without the harsh chemical fumes. My first use with this product was s...
    A very effective stripper without the harsh chemical fumes. My first use with this product was stripping a chest of drawers that had more than one layer of paint and a sealant. The Citristrip applies easily with a brush and adheres well to the surface allowing you to get the stripper into the crevices and designs of the wood. The multiple layers of paint and sealant bubbled up nicely and a majority of it separated from the wood surface. I removed the stripper with a scraper and brush and the results exceeded my expectations. (see photo of stripped furniture). This stripper compound is biodegradable and non-toxic and can also be used indoors. Overall very pleased with the results in using this product.
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    Citristrip 1/2 gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel Non-NMP. I have used this brand of paint stripper many times before. It does a fine job of removing varnish, shellac, and all types of paints. Believe me, it can be a messy job! BUT this DOES NOT have any toxic smell, NONE at all. Plus its biodegradable which makes for safe clean ups , NO toxins. And after clean-up, you are left with a fresh new surface that you can decorate to your hearts delight. Furniture, doors, cabinets, all stripped and repainted to give your home a fresh new look. I like that i can use this product in my garage without having to vent open doors or windows. Definitely recommend.
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    Quick way to remove dried on paint without harming the surface or smelling up the place. Internet #307416109 Model # QCSG801 Store SKU #1003917283 Store SO SKU #1003844657 Citristrip 1 qt. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel Non-NMP This works on large areas but I needed it for a few spots in my house and on my son's motorized chair. He helped paint and even after cleaning up we missed a few spots. Some on his chair and some on the floor. I took photos of a few of them. The gel stayed wet which I like because if I wait too long with other strippers, I have to re-apply. And it stays put, unlike thinner paint strippers. You can't show smell so I will tell you that it has a mild odor that I really didn't notice unless I sniffed the can. I guess that is because I used such small amounts. The main reason for selecting "Citristrip Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel" is that it is safe for indoor use. I have other paint strippers but I prefer not to use them inside. Manufacturer's Comments: Use on wood, metal and masonry Works in 30 minutes Gel stays wet and active for up to 24 hours Non-toxic, Non-corrosive No NMP
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    Citris Strip 1 Qt safer paint and varnish stripping Gel is not very strong, and the odor rather p...
    Citris Strip 1 Qt safer paint and varnish stripping Gel is not very strong, and the odor rather pleasant. I had to place 3 separate coats to remove the previous coat. It still is not as I would like for it to look.It spreads easily and the gel does stay moist for awhile. The gel penetrate the wood but it still does not get all of the previous paint out...
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    So Frustrating!
    Citristrip has always been my go to for chemical strippers as it would cut through everything, smelled great and would leave you with clean dry wood. Then the formula changed! Now it disolves stains, and lets them soak deep into the wood making it impossible to get out. It now smells like a rubber factory with a cheep citrus air freshener... Really frustrating since it WAS such a great product. I had to use an entire can of another stipper to get the stains left from this new formula. The pictures show the lighter areas where I used the old formula and the dark stained area where I used the new formula. So frustrating!
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      I probably have purchased 8 or 10 1/2 gallons of this product. I use it on a regular basis to str...
      I probably have purchased 8 or 10 1/2 gallons of this product. I use it on a regular basis to strip and refinish furniture. Always happy with the results
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