DIY Frequently Asked Questions / Paint and Varnish Remover')">
Are formulated to dissolve or soften old finishes for easy removal on metal, masonry, wood and fiberglass surfaces.
Available in gel, semi-paste, aerosol and spray-on formulas.
Some formulations contain methylene chloride as the primary solvent, but due to health concerns, “safe” non-meth strippers are available that are non toxic and non flammable.
While non-meth strippers are safer to use, they take longer to act and are more expensive than their meth counterparts. However, they stay active longer, which means they can remove more paint layers in a single application.
Some strippers change color to signal completion of the process, and some removers are formulated so that no after wash or neutralizing is required.