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

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Model #QCSG801

Store SKU #1003917283

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

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This is our first time using a paint stripping product and we are very happy we chose Citristrip....
This is our first time using a paint stripping product and we are very happy we chose Citristrip. It comes in a nice plastic container. It smells nothing like a paint or chemical product. Instead it has a nice, citrus like smell. It comes with a clear set of direction for application and we are happy to report it worked like a charm on the old multi-layer oil paint we had on our door trim.
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The citristrip stripping gel really does not smell bad at all. I feel comfortable using it insid...
The citristrip stripping gel really does not smell bad at all. I feel comfortable using it inside. The photos show what happened when cleaning off an old air register that had 25 years of paint on it. After soaking in the gel, the paint becomes gel-like and can be easily scraped off of flat surfaces. It's a bit trickier in the vent gaps as the gel is a bit gummy and sticky. They recommend using a paint stripper wash and then mineral spirits.
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I have an old house, and Citristrip has been the perfect solution for stripping and refinishing o...
I have an old house, and Citristrip has been the perfect solution for stripping and refinishing old woodwork that I do not want to remove. (Removing old moldings often damages the adjacent plaster, which opens cans of worms that I do not want to open!) In the photos, you can see the “before” - an old door with probably 6 layers of paint - and the “after”, which is the stripped, sanded, and refinished Douglas-fir molding around the door. I really like this product because it’s less toxic than many strippers - making it great for “stripping in place” - and also because it works and allows me to remove lead-based paints without turning them to dust in my house. I will say that it takes a LOT of elbow grease. In my case, I used the product 3 times to get multiple layers of paint stripped from this door molding. Each time, the paint bubbles and peels a little bit more. Apply uniform, thick layers, and then be patient! That took care of the paint, and the sander was only necessary to buff out marks from where my scraper gouged the wood. In short, won’t use any other paint stripper in my home - great stuff!
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I'm glad this product is readily available now. For years I used the harsh chemical strippers tha...
I'm glad this product is readily available now. For years I used the harsh chemical strippers that would eat holes in your skin if they splattered. And they caused headaches if you didn't have good enough ventilation. While I still recommend using gloves and appropriate ventilation with this stuff I don't fell that it is nearly as nasty and makes my projects more enjoyable.
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My laundry room has a cement floor and seems to have been the staging area for painting for quiet...
My laundry room has a cement floor and seems to have been the staging area for painting for quiet sometime. There are paint stains all over the place that don't seem to want to come up. I am getting read to sell the house so I need them up. I got a few different types of these strippers to see if any of them would work and what was the best. This one worked right away on all the stains but what I liked the best was the smell. It says it smells like citris but it's really not a strong smell and I like that.
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First this may be an unfair review, I used the product to take the finish off of a piece of stain...
First this may be an unfair review, I used the product to take the finish off of a piece of stained furniture. Not exactly the intended purpose. That being said I wasn't expecting much but it did do better than I expected, especially since I only allowed for approximately 1 hour for it to work. It did take some elbow grease and a 3m pad but eventually took the finish off. Probably the nicest thing about the stuff is I wasn't high from the fumes when done...
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This is prefect for stripping paint off delicate surfaces like fiberglass gel coat as it removes ...
This is prefect for stripping paint off delicate surfaces like fiberglass gel coat as it removes the paint without destroying the gel coat underneath. I restore old motorcycles and race cars in my spare time and can’t recommend Citristrip highly enough for removing layers of paint from fiberglass. While it isn’t as strong as some of the other paint strippers in as much as a few coats are needed to fully remove the layers of paint, it is gentle enough to allow the layers to be ‘peeled back’ so I can see where the original decals were so I can fit the new ones in the correct place. I have used it mainly to remove automotive and DIY spray can paints from fiberglass parts like airbox panels and gas tanks however it also works well on interior paint and varnish, again needing a few extra coats of stripper due to its less aggressive formulation. I normally leave it on for around 20-30 minutes between coats and sometimes score the surface of the paint or varnish with wire wool to help it penetrate into the top layers. The stripping gel has a pleasant orange scent and doesn’t need an N95 respirator mask to use. While gloves are still required, it isn’t as corrosive as other strippers I have used, so an accidental spill doesn’t become a major issue if it is wiped up quickly. I also appreciate that I can wash up chip brushes and scrapers in soapy water, which makes clean up a breeze. After stripping them, I wash the fiberglass parts with soapy water and then dry them off otherwise the gel coat can become sticky. With the paint removed, I sand the parts with fine grade 800-2,000 grit wet and dry and then polish them back to their prime with marine fiberglass color restorer.
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Worked Great With Minimal Effort. We had an old coffee table that looked really bad so I decided...
Worked Great With Minimal Effort. We had an old coffee table that looked really bad so I decided to refinish it. I wish I had the before photo showing all of the damage from water rings and marks but it turned out great. We just wiped it on using a rag. You can leave it on for up to 24 hours but we waited about and hour, wiped it off. lightly sanded it and stained and varnished it. It came out great and I was able to complete the whole project in one weekend. I doesn't have a strong chemical smell which was nice.
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What an improvement over having to use really harsh chemicals that made it almost impossible to b...
What an improvement over having to use really harsh chemicals that made it almost impossible to breathe to remove layers of old varnish, paint and stain on furniture that you want to refinish. This stuff works (may need to do more than one application based on how many layers you're trying to get off) and is much easier to deal with as far as smell is considerate and is definitely better for the environment.
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This stripper has a gel consistency helping it stay in place while not drying out. I used it on t...
This stripper has a gel consistency helping it stay in place while not drying out. I used it on two different applications - spray paint on PVC and on wood trim. Spray paint can be quite difficult to remove but this Citristrip got it off - eventually. After 30 minutes, the paint had begun to loosen and after 2 hours, the paint came off readily. Plus there’s no chemical smell - only pleasant orange!
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CITRISTRIP 1/2 GAL. SAFER PAINT AND VARNISH STRIPPING GEL NON-NMP Country of origin - USA (Memphi...
CITRISTRIP 1/2 GAL. SAFER PAINT AND VARNISH STRIPPING GEL NON-NMP Country of origin - USA (Memphis TN, according to chemical safety certificate) Remember friends - this is a "safer" paint-stripper, but it's not water, so wear those gloves & glasses and do your stripping outdoors, or in a well-ventilated space. I tested the product on a task-bucket caked w/ heavy latex. See pics. The product brushed on easily, but didn't loosen anything until I briskly scrubbed back and forth. Note also - this can revive caked on brushes.
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I used this on a Asian Armoire to remove the black paint so I can repair the wood and repaint. I ...
I used this on a Asian Armoire to remove the black paint so I can repair the wood and repaint. I put a coat on and let it set for about 30 to 40 mininuts. It goes on easy and is thick when you apply it. There is almost no oder and I did it in the bedroom. Then scraped it off, this removed the top coat of lacquer and a little color black. Then I put a second coat and waited another 40 mininuts. I scraped it off again and again a little color came off. It looked like it was not working very good. I used some mineral spirit on a rag to clean off the residue and to my surprise the black was coming off and I was down to the wood. It really works as it said it would. I was able to use it in the house. It is sticky when you scrap it off so a dry wall putty pan would work great for this. I just wish I had one on hand. but I got what I needed to do done so no complants.
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I wasn’t 100% impressed with this stripper I loved the fact it didn’t have the odor that most of ...
I wasn’t 100% impressed with this stripper I loved the fact it didn’t have the odor that most of them have and that right there will keep me continuing to use it. However it does take a long time to remove the finish off cabinets, and when complete it still leaves a good majority of the finish on the cabinet so if you are wanting to get down to bare wood this may work well on some finishes but the baked on finish that is on the Home Depot pre-assembled cabinets does not come off easily. This worked wonders for cleaning up my old paint brushes that had stain on them for months. Stuck the brushes down in a container with this stuff and after about 15 minutes the stain came right out of the brush.
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Anytime I see a "new and improved" product, I always wonder, "Is it really?" I can say with the u...
Anytime I see a "new and improved" product, I always wonder, "Is it really?" I can say with the utmost confidence that Citristrip is one of the products that really works as advertised. I had two projects that were very different that I tried Citristrip on and it worked extremely well on both. Project 1 is an old piano, circa 1920 whose finish was very faded and oxidized. Project 2 was a little table which had numerous coats of paint and had been used as a "paint table." (please see pictures) I did test sections on both projects. On the piano, Citristrip took the finish off the first time. I put it on the surface and 30 minutes later, I reapplied the product after noticing some areas had begun to dry. The piano was in the sun which accounts for the drying of the product. After an hour, the finish melted off the wood with a very easy putty knife stroke. The little painted table required 2 applications but after 1 hour for the first and an additional hour for the second the paint came off 90% of the test area. This is a product I will be buying for all of my refinishing projects. Well done Citristrip.
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I strip furniture as a hobby. I have tried many different strippers over the years. This one de...
I strip furniture as a hobby. I have tried many different strippers over the years. This one definitely is non-toxic. I can even strip without gloves but prefer keeping my hands free of the stripped paint or varnish. It does have a citrus scent. It is a gel so it brushes on fine. It stays in place so if you are stripping a side of something, it doesn't run off. I have stripped many pieces of furniture and for the most part you have to do multiple times to get all the previous coats of paint or varnish off. I feel good about using a safer product for me and the environment. It works like it should.
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This 'safe' paint stripper has a much lower odor than most strippers. It does take a bit of time ...
This 'safe' paint stripper has a much lower odor than most strippers. It does take a bit of time to work into existing paint. We are in the process of resurfacing our dining table that has a couple layers of black paint. We used this stripper (it took two containers) to strip our 8 person dining table top. It bubbles up nicely and did take the usual amount of elbow grease to scrap off all the paint. Less mess but more effort. Safer for the environment (and lungs), but takes longer. It's all a trade off that we were willing to make. In the end it did work well. Happy with the results.
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I tried it on concrete that has polyurethane on it. It did not do anything. It says it works on varnish. Maybe it would work on a different kind of varnish. It says it is safe to use inside. But reading the instructions on the bottle it says to open all the windows. It still made me feel strange. Maybe it is safe inside for some people. I tried the remover on a varnished board. The finish came off as well as it did when I used the old style paint remover. It does work maybe not in all conditions.
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I tried it on concrete that has polyurethane on it. It did not do anything. It says it works on v...
I tried it on concrete that has polyurethane on it. It did not do anything. It says it works on varnish. Maybe it would work on a different kind of varnish. It says it is safe to use inside. But reading the instructions on the bottle it says to open all the windows. It still made me feel strange. Maybe it is safe inside for some people. I tried the remover on a varnished board. The finish came off as well as it did when I used the old style paint remover. It does work maybe not in all conditions.
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I have been using this stuff for years recommend it to all the people I know. I used this on all ...
I have been using this stuff for years recommend it to all the people I know. I used this on all my projects and it works great except of polyurethane paint! One of my side jobs is repairing and building guitars this won't strip the paint on the ones with poly paint. Now for pretty much everything else it works GREAT. Easy to use easy clean up. Has a pleasant smell depending on how much paint on an item you might have to use this two or three times. I recently had to strip some old doors and they had at least 60years of paint on them it took several tries but the end result was amazing.
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I found CitriStrip to be an excellent paint remover. It does a great job of removing paint, does...
I found CitriStrip to be an excellent paint remover. It does a great job of removing paint, doesn’t smell bad and is easy to control. I used it for removing paint from some old growth fir that came from a 60 year old school that had been torn down. Over that time period the wood had been repainted many times. Consequently I felt this would be a good test for the paint remover. I applied a coat of the paint remover and waited about 24 hours before trying to remove the paint with a plastic putty knife. (I Always use a plastic putty knife as a metal one can easily gouge the wood when you are removing the paint.) When I tried to remove the paint I found that in some places the paint stripper had loosened all of the coats of paint down to the wood. However, as I didn’t follow instructions and cover the work with plastic I had to add a second coat and wait another 24 hours to finish removing the paint. After removing the paint I always let the wood dry completely and make a finish pass through the planer. I find the primer sinks into the wood and it won’t all come off with the paint stripper. Removing paint with CitriStrip is not as messy, time consuming, or much work as trying to either remove it by sanding or running it through the planer. It is also a lot easier on the shop equipment.
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I love this stuff! I grew up with my parents refinishing antique furniture and Citristrip saves a...
I love this stuff! I grew up with my parents refinishing antique furniture and Citristrip saves a lot of time compared to their methods. If there aren't many coats of paint it starts to work very quickly. If you are trying to get through multiple layers cover it in plastic wrap to keep it moist and let it eat at it. Do not let it dry out or you will have to reapply. I have tried other brands in a pinch and none have worked as well as Citristrip, they were actually quite aggravating. I haven't used it on varnish/poly yet, but if it works half as well as it does on paint I will be very pleased! Note to anyone refinished a stained piece, stripper will not remove the stain, only what is sealing it.
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This stuff is AMAZING! I used this on a dresser I was refinishing. It had originally been staine...
This stuff is AMAZING! I used this on a dresser I was refinishing. It had originally been stained when the person I bought it from bought it, they painted it 2 separate times and I had also painted it once too. So with all of that I knew sanding would be too time consuming. I applied this to the dresser, covered and let it sit for 2 hours. Uncovered and when I used my plastic scraper EVERYTHING peeled straight off!! It was amazing and so satisfying lol I dont think I'll ever use another product for this type of project.
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I wanted to try this product out as I need to remove the paint from balcony at condo in Florida. ...
I wanted to try this product out as I need to remove the paint from balcony at condo in Florida. I needed something gentle as neighbor downstairs is a pain. This way no damage would be done under the balcony or her items below on her patio. This product is so safe because it takes forever and a day to remove any paint and should be kept moist as possible to work better. This did not do the job and will buy other remover for next attempt.
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This product has exceeded my expectations in removing a tubs peeling paint job. The odors are min...
This product has exceeded my expectations in removing a tubs peeling paint job. The odors are minimal and it works very well on the stripping of the old paint. It is super easy to apply and the results are great. No terrible fumes and is easily washed with water.Also stripping off old cabinets finish is super easy and makes a tough job much easier.
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Citristrip made it easy to bring back to life some old heirloom end tables that needed surface re...
Citristrip made it easy to bring back to life some old heirloom end tables that needed surface refinishing. I've tried to use the chemical strippers that overwhelmed the room with hard to breathe fumes and would burn the skin if touched. The citrus stripper gel is much safer and stays in place and without the strong smell and use of dangerous chemicals. Now that I know how well the Citristrip works, my next project is an old antique radio cabinet that needs the shellac stripped and refinished. I have full confidence in the effectiveness and safety of Citristrip and highly recommend it.
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Why use anything else for stripping paint or varnish? This product works so good and its a great ...
Why use anything else for stripping paint or varnish? This product works so good and its a great time saver. However, it does stay active for up to 24hrs if that much time is needed. Interruptions in work process happen all the time and its good to have a product that remains workable for so long. This is a gel and works on most any if not all paint, lacquer, varnish or enamel whether it is painted on wood, metal or even masonry. My first project is a wooden entrance door that was sloppily painted with runs and drips everywhere. Its a large area to work on, but with this Citristrip Gel it won't take too long and I can do the work in my garage without worrying about fumes. This is really a fantastic product and I would recommend it to anyone engaged in stripping and painting. Checkout YouTube for many examples of how good it works.
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I used this paint and varnish remover to strip three layers of paint off a shelf so I could stain...
I used this paint and varnish remover to strip three layers of paint off a shelf so I could stain it and us in another room. I followed the directions and put on a thick coat of remover with a paint brush. I waited the 60 minutes and was able to get all the layers of paint off. I used a hand scrapper first and then a scrubbing pad to remover all the layers of paint to bare wood. What I liked about this stripper is that it does not have an odor and can be used indoors because it is non-flammable. In the winter months this is a great feature. It does take longer to work and stays wet for up to 24 hours but it does do a great job. I did this work outside but I really like that I could do this in my workshop without worrying about vapors or a bad odor. It does take longer to work but is much safer than the quicker acting strippers.
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Citristrip is the easiest and safest stripper that I have ever used and for my project it worked ...
Citristrip is the easiest and safest stripper that I have ever used and for my project it worked perfectly. I’ve stripped my fair share of items over the years using everything from highly toxic strippers to heat guns all the while giving myself chemical burns and branding marks. Amazingly, I came out unscathed on this project using the Citristrip. Citristrip is a stripping gel that is non-toxic, non-corrosive, contains no NMP (N-Methyl-2-pyrrolidone a developmental toxicant) and can be used on pretty much everything that you would paint like wood, metal and masonry but not Fiber Glass. Being this safe is somewhat a blessing and a curse for a paint stripper. On the good side I was able to use the stripper inside my house down in my basement with the outside basement door (bulkhead) open and the odor was not overpowering. I would not have been able to do the same with a solvent based stripper as the fumes would have been just too much and dangerous. It needs to be said that the OEM states “not to” use this product in your basement and to have maximum ventilation, I do not wear a bicycle helmet either. On the bad side it took three times as long and I had to apply the striper twice for it to do the job. Appling the gel was very easy, get an inexpensive “chip” brush for a dollar and just spread it around on your project. You need to make sure to apply a “thick” coat of the stripping gel just like if you were frosting a cake and not brush it on thinly like you would with paint. Mine had two coats of Latex paint and one old style brown varnish and after the second strip it removed 99% of all three (see photos). If you know that there are many, many layers of paint or if you suspect it is oil-based paint apply the stripping gel to a smaller section and cover with plastic food wrap to keep the gel wet and let the gel do its job. It does take longer, and you may need to apply the stripper twice, but it is far safer than using the highly toxic strippers in my opinion. I waited just shy of an hour and using a plastic putty knife in the direction of the grain removed the paint and disposed of it. I then applied a second coat of stripper and 30 min. Later removed the rest of the paint leaving what you can see in the attached photos. I used a tooth pick for the detail work. OEM stats to use mineral spirits to wash the project with to stop the stripping action. I hit it with a garden hose as I wanted to raise the grain somewhat anyway for a light sanding. I waited 24 hrs. for it to dry and used 220 sandpaper for 15 min. and I’m done. Citristrip is a good product if your patience and let it do its job. The benefits of it not being so toxic is a real plus in my book. If you’re in a hurry you will need to use something else. Recommended.
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I was impressed with this product after a side by side test removing 4 spray products from Baltic...
I was impressed with this product after a side by side test removing 4 spray products from Baltic birch plywood. This product was the second best compared the other two products that I tested however it does not have a strong chemical smell. I had previously used this product for a winter kitchen remodel and had used it indoors with little to no ventilation. Test was done by coating identical samples in product, letting sit (in my case a little over two hours), and then wire brushing one side of each sample for 30 seconds.
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This is my stripper favorite for furniture refinishing. The best thing about it is that there are...
This is my stripper favorite for furniture refinishing. The best thing about it is that there are no toxic fumes so I can work inside in my shop during cold weather. It really does have a citrus scent! Since it is a gel it holds onto even vertical surfaces while it does its work. I have found that it is usually better to leave on longer than the recommended minimum and most of the time multiple applications are required to remove the previous finish especially if you are planning to stain. But I just keep applying until all of the old finish is gone.
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