Recently I had a project that required me to strip layers of paint off of a toy chest. It had many, many layers that had been added over many, many years. I remember this toy chest from when I was a kid, and my mom is not even sure where she got it from. So lets just say it has some age.
From the time I've had the chest I can count at least 5 different layers of paint I've added, not to mention some decoupage and artists oil paint to boot. The toy chest was in rough shape, so a total rehab was in order.
In the end I ended up using 2 different strippers, and I wanted to talk about what I discovered between the two. (I was not prompted to talk about these products in any capacity)
After applying and following directions, which suggested leaving stripper on for 15-20 minutes before starting to remove paint, I got what I thought was a pretty good result on the top of the chest.
When I got home I gave the top a good coating of the Citristrip. It suggests letting the stripper sit for 45 minutes up to 2 hours. I ran a couple of errands and got back closer to the 2 hour mark and found the paint just wiped off. No work needed.
I ran out of Citristrip, and still needed another can. I still didn't like the smell of the Citristrip, so I thought if I went with the Klean Strip and just left it on longer I would get similar results. Not so.
It was still gummy and took lots of work. The picture above is as best as I was able to do with the Klean Strip even after leaving it on for 2 hours.
So in the end this is what I discovered.
Citristrip was the winner. It is does not cost that much more and works more efficiently. You just need to remember to leave it on for 2 hours. I did try and rush the wait time with Citristrip and it did not come off as clean.
I do however, prefer the smell of Klean Strip over Citristrip.
Check back tomorrow to see the full result of the toy chest rehab.