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Items You’ll Need

  • Citristrip® Safer Paint & Varnish Stripper Gel
  • Chemical splash goggles
  • 2-3 pairs of chemical-resistant gloves
  • Plastic stripping tool
  • Abrasive stripping pad
  • Stripping brush (for working small areas)
  • Wooden orange sticks (for working detailed areas)
  • 2" or 3" natural-bristle paintbrushes
  • Metal container, clean and empty
  • Heavy plastic drop cloths (6 mil recommended)
  • Soft cotton rags for cleanup
  • Citristrip® Paint Stripper After Wash

Before You Start

1. Read The Instructions
Always read all cautions and directions on the product label before beginning a project. You should understand all aspects of the projects before you begin.

2. Prepare The Work Area
For best results, use chemicals in temperatures between 65° and 85°F and away from a strong breeze and hot sun. Protect surrounding areas with a heavy plastic drop cloth. If working indoors, open all windows and doors and maintain a cross ventilation of moving fresh air across the work area.

3. Ready To Begin
When you are ready to get started, put on your chemical splash goggles and chemical-resistant gloves. Make sure you have soft rags within easy reach for cleanup during the project.

Remove Hardware First

If you're working with a piece of furniture that has removable pieces of hardware, such as handles or other ornaments, carefully remove these first and set them aside.

Safely Restoring A Prized Piece Of Furniture

Grandma's high chair has a lot of potential. But if you don't remove the existing layers of finish, you could be compromising details. With a little elbow grease, you can safely strip it, clean it, and paint it fresh for baby.

Strip An Antique


Step 1

Step 1: Spray It On Thick
Spray an even, liberal coat of Citristrip® Paint & Varnish Stripper, at least 1/8" thick, onto the painted surface.

Step 2

Step 2: Check Progress
After 30 minutes, you should start to see the chemical reaction happening. The paint will start to bubble up and swell, and this will show that the finish is separating itself from the surface. Scrape a small test area to see if the finish is softened and ready for removal. If not, wait an additional 30 minutes and check again. Citristrip® remains workable for up to 24 hours, so take your time. Remove loosened finish by gently scraping in the direction of the wood grain with the plastic stripping tool. Use the orange stick or stripping brush to scrape out old finish buried in recesses. Continue to alternately scrape and wipe with cloths as you progress.

Step 3

Step 3: Finish Up
By now, you should be seeing the fresh, clean surface emerging from beneath all that old finish. Use a clean abrasive pad dipped in Citristrip® Paint Stripper After Wash or Klean-Strip® Odorless Mineral Spirits to loosen remaining stubborn bits of paint. When the wood looks clear of all finish, clean the surface of all residue with soft cloths dipped in Citristrip® Paint Stripper After Wash. The surface should be completely clean and dry before refinishing.

After each work session, place all rags, applicators, and old-finish residue in a well-ventilated area. Allow liquid to evaporate and residue to dry outdoors before disposal in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.

If you need assistance, please contact a technical services representative at 800-398-3892, or email us at