The Best Paint Stripper I've Ever Used

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I hate stripping furniture. It’s messy, it’s time consuming, and I’d rather take power tools to the job and get it done. But sometimes a piece has to be stripped, and so it’s good to know the best paint (and stain) stripper out there and how to use it.

This old desk needed some love, under all that old stain and some paint.

Soy Gel stripper

So I gathered the materials and got to work!


Scrape off whatever you can with a paint scraper. Then begin applying the Gel Soy stripper.

I think it’s the best paint stripper I ever used. Not only is it a safer product to use than many chemical strippers out there, but it works really well and really fast. It’s not very smelly although ventilation is good.


Lay some newspaper down on the floor. Apply a really good thick layer. A chip brush is all you need. Use it and throw it away!

If you notice the stripper starting to dry too soon (before it’s had time to work) apply plastic wrap down over top of the stripper to keep it wet.

Use a plastic scraper, then metal if you need a bit more action, but be careful not to gouge the wood. Remove all finish layers.

Use Krud Kutter and a Scotch-Brite pad to clean up all the remaining goo and color. Then wipe with a paper towel. Keep wiping until it’s clean. 

Let sit for a night (or two) before giving it a quick pass with 220 grit sandpaper and 2 coats of top coat.  

Raw wood finish is popular right now.

Finished  !

I still say avoid stripper at all cost, but if you have to use it choose Gel Soy Stripper.

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until next time,


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