Asked on Dec 12, 2018

How do I remove oil and latex paints from a few things in my home?

Peggy BurnetteNancy TurnerLori Z


Hi, I'm looking to remove oil and latex paints from a few things around my house. Wood doors, wood kitchen cabinets, and cast iron stairway handrail. I need something lower priced, low to no fumes, and well working. Thank you.

6 answers
  • Twyla J Boyer
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Citristrip is my go-to for stripping paint. It isn't super cheap, but it is low fumes and works really well. You do need to wear gloves and protect floors and other nearby surfaces. The product will stay active as long as it's wet (it's a gel sort of consistency), so paint on a pretty thick coat and then cover the coated area with plastic wrap or cut open plastic bags so it stays active longer. If you are working on a vertical surface, it is thick enough to cling okay, but you will probably have to do a couple applications because you can't put as thick a coat on a vertical surface. For something like the cast iron, you might need to scuff up the paint a bit with a carpet knife or steel wool so the citristrip has a place to penetrate.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Citristrip has a pleasant smell and works okay. Not sure about pricing. I scraped it off with a plastic scraper. Just don't let it dry, it's horrible to get off if you do.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Dec 12, 2018

    I am a big fan of citri strip

  • Lori Z
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Thank you ladies, I’ll be buying this.

  • Nancy Turner
    on Dec 12, 2018

    I agree, the citristrip would be the easier way and probably the healthier way to get the job done.

  • Peggy Burnette
    on Dec 12, 2018

    Hi Lori, this is Peggy. I use a heat gun and it works really good. Be safe and don't burn yourself.

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