Color Change Stripper

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What type of brush should be used to apply stripper?
Any inexpensive brush will work but the stripper will probably damage the brush, so plan on throwing it away. Synthetic (polyester and nylon) brushes may deform, but that's ok because the brush is simply used to brush the remover over the surface. Natural bristle brushes are probably your best choice.

How much paint stripper should be applied?
As thick of a coat as possible without running—the more stripper on the surface, the faster, easier and more complete the stripping will be. The same is true of spray-on strippers. Excess can be pushed onto nearby spots and reused.

How should a brushable stripper be applied?
In a thick coat with a single brush stroke. Strippers contain ingredients to retard evaporation. Excess brushing causes loss of the active ingredients, causing the stripper to dry out. For safety reasons, keep the work area small and manageable (no more than 9 sq. ft. area).

The stripper dried on my surface, what should I do?
Reapply the stripper liberally and let it stand 15 to 30 minutes. Scrape and then clean the surface with Klean-Strip® Odorless Mineral Spirits or Klean-Strip® After Wash.

Does it get too cold to use paint stripper?
Yes, both the ambient temperature and the core temperature of the item being stripped need to be between 65˚ and 85˚.

How much coverage can I get out of a can of paint stripper?
Typically, you can cover up to 80 sq. ft. per gallon — or 20 sq. ft. per quart.

Is there a trick to stripping faster?
Scuff the surface of the paint or finish with sandpaper to let the stripper get under the surface quicker. This also helps with difficult-to-remove coatings.

How do you open the can?
Many Klean-Strip® products are tightened to prevent leakage. A pair of channel lock pliers can be used to free the cap.

Are there any removers that are water-soluble?
Yes, Klean-Strip® Strip-X® and Sprayable Stripper are both water-soluble. Klean-Strip® Strip-X® helps remove wood stain and varnishes. Klean-Strip® Sprayable Stripper works on paint, epoxy, and polyurethane.

The paint remover did not work. Can you tell me what I might have done 
 wrong?
The most common error when using paint remover is not allowing the product to work for the recommended time. Brush or apply the remover in one direction. Do not attempt to "work" the remover into the project. Let the remover set 10 to 15 minutes, or as directed by the label. Some paints are very chemical-resistant. The remover may need a little help by scratching the old finish with some coarse sandpaper to give the remover some spots to attack, then covering the remover with a heavy plastic drop cloth or other plastic sheeting (even a trash bag will help). Let the stripper have plenty of time to work. If the stripper is drying or getting gummy before it works, you may not be applying a thick enough layer of it. In order to really soften and liquefy a paint, the stripper will need to be several times thicker than the paint film, so put on a thick layer. Remove stripper from surface with plastic scraper or brush.

I plan to refinish an old piece of furniture. How can I tell if the finish is lacquer or polyurethane?
Touch the piece of furniture with a cotton ball soaked in lacquer thinner or fingernail polish remover. If the cotton does not stick to or remove the finish, it is polyurethane.