Brenda
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      • Review count
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      • Average rating
        5.0
        5 out of 5
      • First Review:
        November 8, 2012
      • Last Review:
        November 8, 2012
       
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          The Citristrip 1/2-gal. Safer Paint and Varnish Stripping Gel removes layers of latex and oil-based paint, varnish, shellac and epoxy in 1 step. The stripper has a pleasant citrus scent and is biodegradable.
           
          Brenda
          from Houston, TX, USA
          Age Range:45 to 54
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          Gender:Female
          Home Improvement Profile:DIYer
          Works great, long drying time, easy to use, no dangerous fumes!
          PostedNovember 8, 2012
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          I am very inexperienced at refinishing, but I decided to tackle my kitchen cabinets anyway. My house was built in 1992, so I guess there is a polyurathane finish over the white pickled/antiqued wood (ash). Citristrip is my 4th stripper to try, and it is incredible compared to the others I used.
          I found that a "heavy-duty" stripper worked best to remove the polyurathane, but I had to scrub to get the thin white paint off. I also had only a small window of time about 15 minutes after applying to remove it before it dried too much to work. I found that the thicker I applied it, the better it worked and the longer the window of drying time was. The fumes were so strong that I could occasionallyRead More
          I am very inexperienced at refinishing, but I decided to tackle my kitchen cabinets anyway. My house was built in 1992, so I guess there is a polyurathane finish over the white pickled/antiqued wood (ash). Citristrip is my 4th stripper to try, and it is incredible compared to the others I used.
          I found that a "heavy-duty" stripper worked best to remove the polyurathane, but I had to scrub to get the thin white paint off. I also had only a small window of time about 15 minutes after applying to remove it before it dried too much to work. I found that the thicker I applied it, the better it worked and the longer the window of drying time was. The fumes were so strong that I could occasionally feel a burning sensation on my skin (I did not get stripper on my skin, this was just from the fumes.).
          I tried Citristrip on a whim after I was about 3/4 of the way through stripping all of my cabinets because of the fume issue with the heavy-duty stripper. I opened the windows and tried it when the family was home; my son, who complains of the smell even when I stain something in the house, did not say a word.
          I applied Citristrip about 1/16"-1/8" thick because that is about how thick I had to apply the heavy-duty stripper. The label says to remove it after 30 minutes up to 24 hours after applying, so after only 30 minutes, I tried to remove it; it removed all layers except the pickling paint with a single scrape! I immediately followed with a thin layer of Citristrip and used steel wool, and the paint came right off!
          Sometimes I left the Citristrip on for 30 minutes and sometimes several hours before removing. It always worked and never dried out. It also did not dry in my paintbrush, so I have been able to use the same brush without cleaning it for days.
          One interesting note, I bought some vinyl shower curtains at the dollar store to use as dropcloths. The heavy-duty stripper did not melt them, but the Citristrip did; I think the heavy-duty stripper dried before it could melt, but the Citrstrip never dried. When I say "melt", I just mean that the shower curtain wrinkled up and the tile beneath it was wet. However, the heavy-duty stripper melted a plastic scraper, but the Citristrip did not.Read Less
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