What is the best paint/finish stripper?

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Forum topic by cutworm posted 03-11-2013 12:59 AM 985 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2013 12:59 AM

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I bought a gallon of Crown stripper at Lowes and don’t care much for it. The directions tell you to let it sit for about 30 minutes but after about 10 min it’s dry. I’m removing shellac from an old chest for my daughter and need to know if there is a preferred product out there. I’ve used Formby’s and it does pretty good but can only find it in quarts. All opinions appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 01:43 AM

I typically use Strpeze, Not sure of the spelling here, But I typically get it at home depot. It works relatively well, but You have to be patient with it. What I typically do is paint the strypeze on, make sure the part is horizontal, then I put a piece of plastic over the area that I coated with strypeze. Pat the plastic into the stripper so there is no air between the stripper and the plastic. This helps to keep the stripper from drying too quickly and gives it time to work. I’m sure you’re daughter will love it.

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 02:36 AM

denatured alcohol should dissolve shellac.

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 02:42 AM

I’ve heard very good things about Smart Strip by Peel Away. I think it’s available on Amazon. I’m about to order some myself after some research.

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 04:44 AM

elbow grease

sold everywhere

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 10:51 AM

Thanks guys.

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