How to Strip Paint

January 24th, 2023

Stripping paint may seem like a tedious task but is an essential step to ensure a fantastic final finish. Stripping paint from woodwork and metal is recommended as overcoating an old layer of paint could lead to several problems. To avoid peeling, bubbling, or chipping, check out some great products and top tips to help you achieve the perfect base for a fresh coat of paint.

Before you begin:

  1. If you’re stripping paint off an object, take it outside or a well-covered area as it’s a messy process!
  2. If you can’t move the item you’re stripping, make sure the room is well ventilated. Open all windows and doors to allow for plenty of air flow.
  3. Make sure everything else in the room you’re working in is covered with protective sheeting - don't forget to cover the floor too.
  4. If you’re using a chemical stripper, make sure you are wearing PPE. Make sure your eyes are covered and skin is protected.
  5. Read the instructions of the paint stripper you use before you start. If you have any questions about the product, please ask a colleague in store or get in touch with one of our product specialists.


Pro Grade Paint Stripper

A double strength water-based gel paint stripper for multi-layer paint removal. This is ideal for home projects and is the environmentally friendly choice. It can remove several layers of paints, varnishes, lacquers, powder coatings, stains and artex finishes. 

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NR.1 Green Paint Stripper Aerosol

A highly effective paint dissolving/lifting material without methylene chloride. It will remove all types of oil and alkyd-based paints, emulsion paints, varnish and most two-component materials. 

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Strypit Paint & Varnish Remover

A powerful, non-caustic paint remover which will remove multiple coats of paint, varnish and cellulose from wood, glass, metal and plaster. 

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Once you have finished stripping the paint, you will need to thoroughly clean the surface and allow to dry fully before applying a fresh coat of paint. 

If you have stripped paint from wood, we recommend sanding before painting as the paint stripper may have raised the grain. 

For more advice, head into your local Brewers store or get in touch with our product specialists at