I have an entire bedroom set to refinish and both types are sitting in my basement to try. I think it’ll look really cool when you’re done. i cannnnot wait to see the outcome. I’m loving the legs on it-just gorgeous and for $20! It has a pleasant citrus smell and is biodegradable. This makes it a really helpful product if you want to repaint an item or simply erase the mistakes of a painter. Well, when I saw the title of this post, I had to come over and see what you were talking about! An, Your staircase wall space is the perfect spot for, Weekend links are live and include this nature ins, My fascination with relief artwork continues... on, One design movement caused by the pandemic is the, Who else is loving the return of green cabinets? Thanks so much I was looking for a good review on citrusstrip that I could trust. It went on easy, didn't have any bad off gassing, worked quick, and I do believe it would've pulled off well if it was just a paint job. If it does then maybe I will try your technique? I am surrounded with gobs of sticky paint and a sore hand from trying to scrub it all off. I usually use KleanStrip but I want to try the other kind now too. This is simply my humble but sometimes loudmouth opinion of a comparison of these two products in these circumstances. Tee hee, I like this post. So thank you…you rock! i have a dresser that i would LOVE LOVE to do this to but i’m a total chicken and big projects using stripper stuff make me scared. Don’t mind me if I save this photo for inspiration later down the road. This special orange stripper has a pleasant citrus scent and removes multiple layers of dried latex and oil-based paint from many surfaces. You have to wait longer but your not decreasing your life span either! Ooh, I just love the dresser – and how I love awesome Craig’s List finds! That will look great! lol. I am getting ready to finish a piece of furniture I have that needs a new look. It would dry out before bubbling the paint and when I did scrape it off it left an oily residue so I couldn’t repaint my project for a week while I figured out how to get the residue off. Klean-Strip Paint Stripper – Best Paint Stripper for Multi-Layer Stripping. Cant wait to see your finished paint job! I will feel better using the Citristrip now. Conclusion: after these two strippers duked it out on the same layers of paint, I have to vote Citristrip for all my future uses, even though it takes a lot longer to work (up to 24 hours). Great tutorial and funny! There were so many layers of paint that I think by the time I got down to the wood, the tables circumference was a full inch smaller. Welcome to the place where I share my stories and expertise! PS- I meant to type, “Uh oh.” Not “Oh oh”. Thank you!!!!! How do you go about painting a vintage piece with a stain and poly finish? i have used zip-strip and refinisher before and though they work i can feel the insides of my nose burning and i know that is not a good sign. I love how you’ve documented each step so far! :). Or clean socks on muddy feet. Your post title is a hoot! I am currently redoing my stairs : pulling old carpet, sanding and the works. I’ve printed your post and plan to go with the Citristrip. Whew!..I got tired looking at all that work.It reminds me of child birth.You see (man) Love (man) carry baby in tummy ,then strip down ( delivery room) & voila!! We’re redoing a former junker of a desk for my college-aged niece. The sander is not stripping away the plaster…. That will look fantastic!! That post was perfect for me! . In somber conclusion, no more methylene chloride for me. I love the dresser look you’re going after, can’t wait for further instructions. Very good to know. =-). A better smelling way to strip multiple layers of paint outdoors and indoors, the gel clings well to vertical surfaces and stays active for up to 24 hours. I vote for non-toxic hands down! I am totally in love with it! (Oh oh, will I start getting even more spam now that I typed the word, “stripper”??) . I need to get that black linoleum residue off of there somehow….I want to paint the floor white. You crack me up. In fact, I may have violated that guideline sometime in the past. In the left corner, weighing in at 32 fluid ounces was the old school KleanStrip, famous for its speed and paint crushing abilities. I needed its drawers to store all sorts of family things like those gym membership cards I rarely use, or the computer cords that belong to some contraption lost somewhere in my house. Bottom line, I’m channeling Scarlett O’Hara, and raising my fist to the air . Remove the softened paint with a plastic scraper (Image 1). This dresser’s proportions were perfect and its price was right ! It Lots of painty guck (hopefully most of it) should be stuck to it. Preface: I had a great post all written about how to use CitriStrip effectively just like I have done in the past, but things often don’t turn out exactly like you plan. If I ever tackle a project that needs it, I’d hate to use the one that you had a problem with on the sides, in addition to the smell. I have been a KleanStrip girl all along because I knew it worked (for the most part) and was nervous about the non-chemical, citrius smelling stripper. (http://www.snugasabugbaby.com/?p=1105) I am planning on using Citristrip on my next project (my first project that has required paint stripping). It completely removed all of the thick enamel coating on my birch wood cabinets. I’ll be working on my thrift find and send you a pic of end product.Thanks for the encouragement. Premium removers, Green Strip and paint-related products for pros and average Joes. ;). Perhaps I’m being a little dramatic. Thank you so much for the excellent tutorial, CG!! I don’t know, last time I used it I found it to be next to useless. Looking forward to seeing it all finished. I’m anxious to see your finished product. Whew, what a job! Click to add item "CITRISTRIP® Paint & Varnish Stripping & Removing Paste, 64 oz. I have so often stood in the paint aisle and debated on which products to buy/try. Amazing. I just purchased a dresser off Craig’s List and was wondering where to get started. Great comparison post! Thanks! I am totally in love with it! Underneath was what I was looking for, a nice honey tone wood. :-). $11.72 $ 11. Sprays easily into cracks and crevices, making it the ideal choice for refinishing detailed pieces. Many of you are thinking by now, geez louise, that looks like one big messy project. ok. that was funny. ... Citristrip Stripping Gel is applied with a roller and a cellophane wrap is spread over the target area to keep the gel from drying out. I have tackled many a paint project and agree with the idea of taking the paint off before adding more on top. Now for Step Two of my ‘Patina Project’. So much to my delight when I read “its drawers to store…”, “its chippy white paint job…” You’d be amaze how many awful blog writers are out there! Really good to know about Citristrip, and yet again, I’m uber jealous of your TWENTY DOLLAR thrift store find! Or something sort of like that. PEEL AWAY 1 PAINT REMOVER. It’s so hard to pick and choose which pieces we are going to keep for ourselves and the ones to put out in our little shops. It’s also a brilliant idea to test for lead paint and follow all precautions in its removal. * So after I had finished scraping, and the dresser had fully dried, the next day I attacked with even more Citristrip. After about four hours, this started to happen. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. (It’s my favorite movie of all time.) Hi, I am in love with your site! was a pain in the neck! If the finish you're trying to remove isn't varnish, you may be able to strip it with a solvent and sidestep the trouble of using caustic chemicals. Can’t wait to see finished proj. Lightning Stripper is a non-caustic, methylene chloride based paint stripper, excellent for removing most types of decorative paints and some industrial paint systems. Hard work but the end product is Oh so Fabulous! Loved the Scarlett reference. This is certainly the way to go!! As God as my witness . Style: Multi-StripSize Name: Gallon Verified Purchase. Check out my blog for more info. I cant take it out to do it and there are no windows in the room for proper ventilation!!! who knew it would be so enjoyable to learn about stripping… ha. Thanks for the comparison. To the drawers I applied the Citristrip. This dresser was the perfect candidate for a little experiment I call ‘The Patina Project’. I highly recommend it. Never thought i’ld enjoy a post on strippers lol looking forward to the finished product! The original hardwood floors not only had adhesive but layers and layers of paint in some spots and it all came up insanely easy! I am a Scarlett girl through and through so I truly appreciated her interjection on the matter. Plus, who doesn’t love a stripper with a heart of gold story? I’m glad to hear the more “natural” paint stripper worked so well (even though it took longer) Can’t wait to see what the finished dresser looks like. Its gel structure makes it ideal for use on both vertical and horizontal surfaces leading to fast effective penetration and stripping. I love to paint furniture but I have never used anything to take the paint off. Again, thanks for the advice. Do you have any suggestions on what to do with an ornate antique framed mirror that was antiqued decades ago. What a great post Kate! Where was citristrip when I refinished my dinning room table and chairs!? ... "Work on small sections at a time," Aylott advises, and apply the paint uniformly, so it will strip the paint evenly. . Why would I go to all this trouble if I’m just going to glaze/paint it again ? brilliant headline and excellent training wrapped up in engaging prose. I don’t exactly have the shabby look around here, but I was thinking of hanging it over my bed since my blogging friends told me my current picture no longer matches my changed up room. Thank you for your inspirational site and next time I’m just going to Home Depot with your products rec’s. The work of a paint stripper is to remove the old paint from wood or metal surface. I want it! I can’t think of the name of it but I am thinking that I will have to wait for it to warm up some before I finish it. Now a photo and real life can differ very much so but I do like the funky look. The longer it stays on, the more layers are removed (up to 24 hours). For full disclosure of all blog policies regarding comments, advertising, copyright, sponsored links, guest submissions, and other matters, please look here. i am going to try the citrus one as well. After one application of the KleanStrip, all I accomplished was this. I can’t wait to see you work your magic on the dresser. Since my ultimate plan was to give it a rustic antique French country look, I boldly decided to strip all those layers off. Ready Strip: Ready Strip got high marks for its thick formula and easy cleanup, but our testers were divided on its effectiveness.Our expert, Andy Olenick, praised it for removing multiple layers of lead paint (even in nooks and crannies) after an overnight wait, while DIYer Natasha Thomas wished it had been tougher on the varnish, latex, and spray paint on her antique chairs. Well. I also did this as an experiment and found the same results and conclusions. I will be returning to this post when I tackle my vintage vanity and little matching bed. Great job and loved the title! What a great post! Tub" to the compare list. Dwell time: 30 minutes to 24 hours Removal: Scrape off the paint with a plastic scraper, and use an abrasive pad and mineral spirits to remove any lingering residue. Please don’t sue me, I have no money anyway. Not only that, stripping paint is extremely labor intensive – this project took at least five hours just to scrape off all these layers of paint. OH that brings back bad memories of stripping the antique desk. I tossed around the idea of completely stripping the wood with Citristrip, but it made me tired just thinking about it. and my table has no lead- i bought a lead test. My other thought is to purchase a heat gun for door frames. I shared this tip and linked to your site in my blog post today. The five-in-one came in handy again to scrape most of the paint off the top. In this case I wasn’t comfortable adding yet another layer of paint to this particular dresser since I wanted some parts of the wood to show through. Anyway, great stripping info. That style would make a nice statement piece in an otherwise neutral room! Thank you so much for this post – I am going with Citristrip next time for sure! Such good info for my future endeavors too. I have a little bedside cabinet project I keep delaying b/c I don’t want to break the furniture :-). I am so happy you posted this! Maybe I’ll give it another go…that is when I have about 200 hours of spare time! Thanks so much for doing this little experiment and sharing the results. I held off on buying as I have to strip the fabric off my flea market chairs first, but I will get the citristrip. This is going downhill fast :), so glad you made the comparison on one piece of furniture. This may seem a bit odd but I actually like the look of the dresser after one application of Klean Strip! this makes me excited, since it’s been awhile since i’ve looked at paint strippers and i didn’t know there was an eco-friendly version out, *and* it works really well. The previous owner painted something wrong over something wrong without the proper prep, and the paint is peeling away in big chunks like a bad sunburn. I tested a small inconspicuous area…but I did not have great results. New to all this painting stuff. Use CITRISTRIP® Paint and Varnish Stripping and Removing Paste to remove multiple layers of dried latex and oil-based paint, varnish, lacquer, polyurethane and shellac from wood, metal and masonry surfaces. My husband just stripped 2 pieces of furniture…the old way, and I worry about those fumes. ~judi ;) For the tougher spots, I used my five-in-one tool to scrape. It was the perfect fit for my mud room niche by the back door. Then I let it sit for several hours to do its business undisturbed. I always use citristrip. I just had flashbacks of stripping a table with a thousand crevices, though-so nothing with crevices ;), You are brave and I am in awe…..but more impressively, girl, you can write. After applying Multi-Strip with either brush, spray or roller, wipe away from surfaces that are not intended for paint removal with a cloth. I love how you can tell the most boring task in a funny and inspiring way. Ooh, I can’t wait to see how your dresser turns out. i need confidence. Always felt I was shortening my life whenever I breathed the stuff. Lead very bad. can i just say i am smitten? love your blog! Have you ever used a heat gun, CG? However, since it was stained we had to use Multi-Strip. It allows the stripper to work longer before it dries/evaporates. :), Awesome! Good luck with the next step. I love that you did this… I was just about to tackle a project and was wondering about Citristrip… My project is and old cabinet in the main bathroom.. there are layers upon layers and I soooo need to strip it.. problem being.. I happen to have a bottle of the “orange goodness” in my garage and a few huge projects to use it on. Sunnyside 65732A Multi-Strip ADVANCED Paint & Varnish Remover, Quart 7.1 6.6 7.2 Microsoft and partners may be compensated if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. I haven’t stripped for years (LOL) but when I did I used the old stuff. Now we have beautiful pine plank floors with lots of character. Paint and Varnish Stripping Paste Non-NMP Model# HCG740 $ 18 53 $ 18 53. I love your blog! thank you for this boost!!! Sanding vs. stripping paint: Which method is better? Girl you can write! I can’t wait until I see your finished dresser. Now I wish I had pictures to document my stupidity! So I brought it home and tolerated its chippy white paint job for many moons until it dawned on me. Klean-Strip Paint Stripper should be the best option for you if you are looking for a solution to strip several layers of paint quickly. Enter the two contenders. Who knew paint stripping could be so entertaining! I know this in an old post, but I have a piece of furniture that I plan to strip and I was wondering if you have used a heat gun to strip vs. chemical methods and what do you think about it? And thanks for the side by side review! I’m another Citristrip-lover!!!! PeelAway 1 is our budget-friendly alternative to the more expensive heat gun described above. I love your humor and it makes reading through your posts that much more enjoyable. I am so glad I just read this! I used citristrip to strip the carpet adhesive off hardwood floors in 4 rooms and a hallway. Pros are that it works well in stripping multiple layers of old paint, including paint that contains lead. 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