Back To Nature Aqua Strip paint and varnish stripper or remover
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Aqua Strip Paint Stripper

Back To Nature Aqua Strip is a marine finish remover that can safely remove up to 10 layers of bottom paint or varnish at a time. It remains wet for extended periods of time, and can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed.
 
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Aqua-Strip will not damage the gel coat, fiberglass or any surface. Aqua-Strip stays wet for extended periods of time to penetrate and lift bottom layers. It is environmentally safe, biodegradable, non-flammable, and contains no methylene chloride or caustic.

 

  • For best results apply in temperatures between 60-80 degrees F
  • Covers approximately 60 square feet per gallon

 

BRAND: Back To Nature
3.9 16

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Back To NatureAqua Strip Paint Stripper
 
3.9

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to clean (4)

Cons

  • Messy (4)

Best Uses

  • Large areas (7)
  • Small areas (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (9), Casual do-it-yourselfer (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works Well, But Be Realistic

OF COURSE it's "messy", people. It's a big bucket of chemical paint stripper. You slap it on thick and then scrape off layers of old paint. What did you...Read complete review

OF COURSE it's "messy", people. It's a big bucket of chemical paint stripper. You slap it on thick and then scrape off layers of old paint. What did you expect? If you don't like "messy" then go pay the soulless clowns at your local boatyard $2000 to do it for you.

For everyone else, a review:

No, it does not quickly and easily remove 10 layers of bottom paint. I know because I've tried. But it works better than anything else I've used and I've tried a lot of them.

Still, I'm sure it depends on the paint or something. Beats me, not an expert.

And again, don't expect it to be quick and easy. It's not.

Some tips:

- Forget using some wimpy plastic paint scraper. Get yourself a thick, sturdy short-handled ice scraper for windshields.

- The makers say to use it between 60-80 degrees: believe them. Remember that this is a chemical reaction you're inducing here and - if you went to school back before it was transformed into group therapy for poster makers - you'll recall that temperature is an important element in any chemical reaction. If it's much over 80 degrees or much under 60 the stuff just doesn't work nearly as well.

- Yes, it dries out. Go get some really cheap, thin plastic dropcloth and when you're finished coating the boat, tape the stuff up over it, although usually it will just stick to it no problem. I've also used that Press & Seal plastic wrap stuff, which is good because you can do small areas and also uncover smaller areas at a time. Easier to use, too.

- If you've got many many layers, as I said, you'll probably need to re-coat, but even if you don't, when you get done scraping there's some residue. Take a big green kitchen scouring pad and lightly scrub the little sticky bits that haven't come off yet. Don't wait until later because it'll harden again. Do it while it's still soft. Comes right off.

- If you've got a layer of primer it probably won't come off with this, but a light sanding with 400 or 600 grit with water will ake that right up. Again, it's easier if you do it right away.

- If you use this with your boat on a trailer, make sure you cover any parts of the trailer that you don't want the paint removed from. Those big globs of old paint that you're scraping off still contain enough stripper to quickly mess up your trailer paint. Take it from someone who once ended up having to repaint a trailer.

- As several people mentioned, it can be a challenge to get it on thick enough, and it needs to be thick. Use a medium sized brush more or less like a spatula. Smear it on rather than brush like you would your walls.

- No two applications are the same. The first time you use it you'll go racing out after it's been on a couple of hours and be very disappointed when absolutely nothing comes up. I always plan for it to be on for 24 hours, and I've left it on as much as 48. As long as it's covered with plastic, it'll be fine.

Be realistic, plan ahead for the mess, and above all be patient and figure out what works best in your particular application. Yours wil not be the same as anyone else's.

All I can say is that it DOES work, it works better than anything else I've tried and I bet it will work for you too.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Stripper

I find interlux much better but I can only find the fiberglass stripper on the jamestown web site so I tried this one and was verry dissapointed.

I find interlux much better but I can only find the fiberglass stripper on the jamestown web site so I tried this one and was verry dissapointed.

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3.0

Cautionary

By captain jim

from martinsville, indiana

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Buyer
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Pros

  • Even Paint Distribution

Cons

  • Messy

Best Uses

  • Large Areas

Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

softens built up layers of bottom paint, but requires effort to scrape off paint, and only works one layer at a time. fumes are supposed to be non-toxic, however I found them very strong and a discomfort if breathed too long. would recommend a respirator - but type is not listed

 
5.0

Gentle on boat, but effective!

By harpoon sailor

from Delaware

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Cleansrinses with water
  • Easy on attachments
  • No VOC smell

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas
    • Small Areas

    Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

    One has to apply a pretty generous paste to get the process going. Once applied and let sit for half an hour, scrape a little and mix with the rest of the application. It takes a bit of time though any stripper requires that.

    I used this on a centerboard in my basement, though I'd generally recommend ventilation even though there are no noxious vapors.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Works Well, But Be Realistic

    By Bill

    from Eastren PA

    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Large Areas

        Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

        OF COURSE it's "messy", people. It's a big bucket of chemical paint stripper. You slap it on thick and then scrape off layers of old paint. What did you expect? If you don't like "messy" then go pay the soulless clowns at your local boatyard $2000 to do it for you.

        For everyone else, a review:

        No, it does not quickly and easily remove 10 layers of bottom paint. I know because I've tried. But it works better than anything else I've used and I've tried a lot of them.

        Still, I'm sure it depends on the paint or something. Beats me, not an expert.

        And again, don't expect it to be quick and easy. It's not.

        Some tips:

        - Forget using some wimpy plastic paint scraper. Get yourself a thick, sturdy short-handled ice scraper for windshields.

        - The makers say to use it between 60-80 degrees: believe them. Remember that this is a chemical reaction you're inducing here and - if you went to school back before it was transformed into group therapy for poster makers - you'll recall that temperature is an important element in any chemical reaction. If it's much over 80 degrees or much under 60 the stuff just doesn't work nearly as well.

        - Yes, it dries out. Go get some really cheap, thin plastic dropcloth and when you're finished coating the boat, tape the stuff up over it, although usually it will just stick to it no problem. I've also used that Press & Seal plastic wrap stuff, which is good because you can do small areas and also uncover smaller areas at a time. Easier to use, too.

        - If you've got many many layers, as I said, you'll probably need to re-coat, but even if you don't, when you get done scraping there's some residue. Take a big green kitchen scouring pad and lightly scrub the little sticky bits that haven't come off yet. Don't wait until later because it'll harden again. Do it while it's still soft. Comes right off.

        - If you've got a layer of primer it probably won't come off with this, but a light sanding with 400 or 600 grit with water will ake that right up. Again, it's easier if you do it right away.

        - If you use this with your boat on a trailer, make sure you cover any parts of the trailer that you don't want the paint removed from. Those big globs of old paint that you're scraping off still contain enough stripper to quickly mess up your trailer paint. Take it from someone who once ended up having to repaint a trailer.

        - As several people mentioned, it can be a challenge to get it on thick enough, and it needs to be thick. Use a medium sized brush more or less like a spatula. Smear it on rather than brush like you would your walls.

        - No two applications are the same. The first time you use it you'll go racing out after it's been on a couple of hours and be very disappointed when absolutely nothing comes up. I always plan for it to be on for 24 hours, and I've left it on as much as 48. As long as it's covered with plastic, it'll be fine.

        Be realistic, plan ahead for the mess, and above all be patient and figure out what works best in your particular application. Yours wil not be the same as anyone else's.

        All I can say is that it DOES work, it works better than anything else I've tried and I bet it will work for you too.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Tried it twice and will not buy it again

        By claryscove

        from Lindale, TX

        About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

              I have tried Aqua Strip twice now to remove bottom paint from a Catalina 22 and now a Macgregor 26. It does take off layers of bottom paint and does not impact the gelcoat. However, my experience is that it only will remove one or two coats, not the up-to-10 coats advertised. It tends to dry out quickly and once dried is really hard to scrape off, even if you rejuvenate it with water. It is slow but that wouldn't bother me if it worked well. Was excited about this product when I ordered it due to it being environment friendly. Not so excited anymore.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              stripping 24 year old topside paint

              By paul

              from plympton mass

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Detailed Work
                  • Large Areas
                  • Small Areas

                  Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

                  I am stripping 35 ft sailboat topsides, Most of the paint came off easily. The boot and cove stipe needed several application.I used 2 1/2 gals to succesfully strip the whole boat. Works best after 2 1/2 hours on a shady day,when temp is between 60-80 degrees.clean up was easy withsoap and water...

                   
                  3.0

                  Agua Strip

                  By Stryker

                  from VA

                  About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Clean

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Areas

                    Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

                    I used this on my 21' CC to strip bottom paint. The work is being done with the boat on the trailer, temp's in the upper 80's. I like to keep moving on a project and products that work fast, Aqua strip is slow. When appplying it overhead to the bottom of the boat I had a hard time getting it thick enough to work and not dry up. When applyed thick enough it does work, but its still slow. I ended up switching to a different fiberglass safe chemical stipper that could be scraped in 10-15 mins.

                     
                    4.0

                    Pretty Good Product

                    By pd

                    from Erie, PA

                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Goes on easy

                    Cons

                    • Messy

                    Best Uses

                    • Bottom paint removal

                    Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

                    Follow the directions on the container and try to stay within the recommended temperature range of application

                     
                    4.0

                    Used with success

                    By wheezer

                    from davisburg, mi

                    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Low Odor

                    Cons

                    • Slow

                    Best Uses

                    • Topside paint
                    • Varnish

                    Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

                    I used this on topside paint, 49 years of buildup on a lapstrake hull. Apply liberally, let sit overnight, scape. Two applications to bare wood. Previously used StarTen which took 4 to 6 sessions. Worked well on varnish too.

                     
                    4.0

                    "I would buy this product again"

                    By Roscoe

                    from Alberton, MT.

                    About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Messy

                      Best Uses

                      • Small Areas

                      Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

                      Product does work if used in recommended temperature range,but don't be mistaken,it is still a lot of work.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      worked for me

                      By Bob

                      from San Francisco Bay Area

                      About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Clean
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Deteriorates

                      Best Uses

                      • Small Areas

                      Comments about Back To Nature Aqua Strip Paint Stripper:

                      I had a bit of a learning curve with this product so I thought I would pass along to you what I learned. First I have a 30 year old boat with layers and layers of bottom paint that I wanted to get rid of. I applied this and let it sit overnight (mistake one). The next morning it was fine and paint was easily being stripped off. Not down to the gel coat but at least 5+ layers. As the morning drew on the day got hotter and hotter and the product dried out. This is very bad. They say you can wet it with water but I found once it dried it got hard as a rock and the stripping was very hard. End of the day I was beat but tons of paint were removed. Next day I tried it again, applied over whole boat and went to breakfast. Came back and started stripping like crazy. This was really working now and I was getting 4' to 5' strips of thick paint off with each scraper try. But again as the day wore on it dried out on me and again it became a struggle. If I was to do it again I would apply the remover to 1/4 of the boat, go get breakfast come back apply to the next 1/4 of the boat, strip the first 1/4, apply the next 1/4, strip the 2nd 1/4 etc. until done. I think that would work just great. I have a 30' fin keeled sailboat and one gallon is just about enough to cover one side.

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