Do you have any suggestion for the best paint stripper?

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I got this beautiful piece for free on Marketplace. It needs A LOT of work, but I am ready for it! I was planning on using (for the fist time) Citristrip, but I can't find it anywhere (USA or Canada)... So do you have any suggestion for the best paint stripper, low odor, that I could use inside ?Thank you all! :)

q stripping paint from a 1940 art deco cabinet
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    • Louann Louann on Mar 29, 2019

      Try looking for EZ strip - another low VOC stripper. When I searched it was available at Home Depot and Rona.

  • Margaret Mcbride Margaret Mcbride on Mar 29, 2019

    I went to a night class fir stripping furniture and French polishing.

    Use nitromorse to remove,a scraper then wire wool bring the grade down to 0000 wire well. DON’t French Polish,my dog ruined the top of mine after French polishing so I sanded then make sure it’s dust free and use Ronseal satin gloss it truly looks as if it is polished. Don’t use high glass ever ,makes things look too cheap. The satin is beautiful every time. You would think my table that I spent many hours using French polish,it water marks also,well the Ronseal SATIN made the top look like the French polish legs.

  • Darcie Darcie on Mar 29, 2019

    Would you consider Chalk Paint? No stripping needed!

    • [re]FɄB19 [re]FɄB19 on Mar 29, 2019

      I will on some parts of the cabinet that I can't save... But I really want to restore the beauty of the original wood. Thanks!

  • Megan Megan on Mar 29, 2019

    I would use Annie Sloan, Jolie or Dixie Belle, You do.not have to strip or pime with those paint lines. :) You can lightly sand some of the areas where the paint is coming off to make sure it's nice and smooth for new paint to be applies. But, it looks like a great piece of paint! :)


    You an check out How I use chalk paint here. :)

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    • Megan Megan on Mar 29, 2019

      Sorry I missed that part!! The product I use to strip things indoors is Blue Bear Soy Gel. It is SAFE! See if they ship where you live! Sorry, hope that is more helpful!

  • Here it is on amazon! I recommend covering with plastic wrap after you put the citristrip on ... 2works better! https://amzn.to/2UmsGY4

  • Natalie Natalie on Mar 29, 2019

    I have furniture refinishing friends in Canada and it's hard for them to get Citristrip unless they order it on Amazon for a ton. I would be wary of sanding it down if it's lead based paint. If it's not, then I would sand it down and fill in the chipped paint with wood filler. When the old finish is smooth you can paint over it.

  • Lisa Bullock Lisa Bullock on Mar 29, 2019

    Citristrip Paint & Varnish Stripping Gel Citrus Scent (32 Oz) best stripper you can use. Works on most surfaces including enamel and no fumes.

  • Alex Alex on Mar 29, 2019

    I have used chemical strippers a lot on my back porch door. They stink, are messy, and just take too long to work. Best stripping option I ever tried was a heat gun. On old paint a heat gun is the way to go!

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    • Columbia GB Columbia GB on Mar 29, 2019

      This is what I would do, also. It easily removes the paint and some of the varnish. You'll need to do some careful picking here and there on the trim with the tool of your choice, there are always little bits that don't come off. But they easily pick out. Once you get the bulk of the paint off, you can easily sand off the varnish.

  • Anna-Maria Sausa Anna-Maria Sausa on Mar 29, 2019

    Did you try Amazon for Citristrip?

  • Dsouther Dsouther on Mar 29, 2019

    Hi, Lowe's Home Improvement, Home Depot or both sells Citristrip. It may not work as well as more potent paint strippers but it seems to be less smelly and maybe less toxic. Stripping paint and varnish is time consuming but so worth it to restore a piece back to its former glory. I can't wait to see how this turns out. Please post your finished project.

  • Dsouther Dsouther on Mar 29, 2019

    I am so sorry. I didn't know you lived in Canada when I replied. I love Canada. It is so beautiful and the people are so nice. My husband, son and I have visited 7 Canadian provinces. We loved every one. We have such wonderful memories of our trips.