It was my first time using paint stripper so I didn't have much in terms of expectations, this definitely taught me patience. I needed to strip lead paint off a door, I had previously used a heat gun on the trim, but the thicker base layer of polyurethane was really gunking up my putty knife to a new level of inconvenient - not to mention the fumes. This stripper definitely worked, but it took a lot of time, from what I could see I had white lead paint, over green, over polyurethane, I applied the stripped in stages and letting it sit 24 hours each time. It took two 24-hour layers, then one last spot treatments. This one door took up the ENTIRE GALLON of Strip-Tox, I didn't think it would use the whole bucket, but now I know!
I let the door rest for a few days till I had time to sand it. After the first sanding, I used a dish sponge to clean the door with water and Contractors Solvent, scrubbed it clean with the scrub side of the sponge a blade, and putty knife. Door is finally fully sanded, stained, and beautiful! Back to the historic fit of the house.
Patience and detail are key. This is a great low-fume product. We used it inside, with the windows open, with gloves and masks on anyway, but always good to have ventilation. I wish a gallon stretched further but it did what I needed it to do and I'm very happy with the result.
Works exactly as advertised, very easy to remove paint down to bare wood with a plastic scraper. We love Multi-Strip too, they are great products! Thank you!
I bought this to deal with lead paint on two door frames in my house. I’d used Multi Strip for the latex paint top layer and this for lead paint underneath. It worked well. It does work slowly (I only had a few hours. Wish I could have left it overnight). That said it got most of the paint up and it was satisfying to know it neutralizes the lead.
It is pretty thick (thicker than the Multi Strip from the same company) so you have to use a putty knife or scraper to apply more than a paint brush. I did add a little water to make it apply more easily.