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Wet Look

Citristrip® stays wet for up to 24 hours in ideal conditions. But if you're working in a windy or warm area, drying could be an issue. Check your progress frequently.


Answers and Advice From Our Resident Citristrip® Experts.

Got a problem? Have a question about Citristrip® products? Need advice about a project?  We maintain a staff of product experts and home improvement consultants who can answer your questions. Check their advice below — if you don’t find your answer here, you can contact us by:

  • Using the Contact Form to send them an email
  • Calling 1.800.398.3892


Q.  Can Citristrip® be used on fiberglass doors?

A. No. It will leave the fiberglass sticky. Fiberglass stripper is the best choice.

Q.  What type of brush should be used to apply stripper?

A. Any inexpensive brush will work but the stripper will probably damage the brush, so plan on throwing it away. Synthetic (polyester and nylon) brushes may deform, but that's ok because the brush is simply used to push the remover over the surface.

Q.  When applying paint remover, how thick should the coat be?

A. As thick as possible without running—the more remover on the surface, the faster, easier and more complete the stripping will be. Excess can be pushed onto nearby spots and reused.

Q. How should a brushable stripper be applied?

A. In a thick coat with a single brush stroke. Strippers contain ingredients to retard evaporation. Excess brushing causes loss of the active ingredients and dries the stripper.

Q.  How do you know when the finish or stripper is ready for scraping?

A. Some finishes bubble up on and the surface when the paint is beginning to lift. Some are liquefied and many do not appear to have changed — these should be periodically tested to check for easy removal.

Q. Why did Citristrip® dry in under 24 hours?

A. Citristrip® must be applied in a thick film, at least 1/8" thick, to stay wet for 24 hours.