Paint Strippers-I want to strip a couple of small pieces of furniture.

I have allergies and asthma but I want to strip a couple of small pieces of furniture. What brand or even a homemade mixture is best to use when you have respiratory issues. I do not want to end up in the emergency room just because I want something back to the real wood.

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Feb 06, 2018
    Hi there, the "gentlest" paint stripper on the market is called citrastrip. Otherwise, you could consider investing in a really good face mask.
  • Sharon Sharon on Feb 06, 2018
    Wear a good respirator. Go to True Value or home store and tell them you need a good one cause you have respiratory problems.
    • Mzb31251237 Mzb31251237 on Feb 07, 2018
      I have already accepted the fact I will need to do that but really wanted to avoid it since I am doing it outside. I will go to True Value and check one out though since there is one close by.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 06, 2018
    • Mzb31251237 Mzb31251237 on Feb 07, 2018
      Thank you from the responses I am going to buy it, wait for the snow to melt, warmer temps then get it done.
  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Feb 06, 2018
    The citrus stripper seems to work very well along with the proper respiratory mask. Stay safe. Best of luck.
    • Mzb31251237 Mzb31251237 on Feb 07, 2018
      The project is important to me, one of the very few things I have from my deceased dad so I want to do it right. Thank you for your help.
  • Emily Emily on Feb 06, 2018
    You could use a heat gun to melt the paint. Use a respirator mask and do the work outside.

  • AJ AJ on Feb 06, 2018
    After using the Citristrip on a couple of DIY projects, I highly recommend it for your project. Found the claims on the container to be totally true: "Safe for indoor use, no harsh fumes, strips multiple layers." Suggest you check out the product details at

    Best wishes!
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    • AJ AJ on Feb 08, 2018
      Mzbear9, glad the detailed info provided helped you out! Wishing you a totally enjoyable (and fume-free) DIY project!
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