Circa 1850 Furniture Stripper removes old paint, varnish, shellac, lacquer and urethane - even multiple coats with simple brushing. Because it contains no water or harsh chemicals it is safe to use on fine furniture. It will not disturb the wood's natural patina or raise the grain, and it will not harm glue joints or veneers. Circa 1850 Furniture Stripper is non-flammable and almost odorless. Furniture stripper has a goopy syrup consistency that cuts through paint film. For gel formula that clings best to vertical or exterior surfaces, try Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover. Furniture Stripper does not require any afterwash or neutralizing. Made by Swing Paints.
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Wear protective gloves and work in a well ventilated area. Place the object to be stripped on a plastic sheet. Pour some stripper into a small foil, metal or glass container. Brush a liberal amount of stripper over one or two square feet of surface. Wait a few minutes for the finish to dissolve. Remove the dissolved finish using a brush or Circa 1850 Maple Scraper. Remove any residue with the medium (0) steel wool dipped in stripper. When dry, object is ready for finishing. For exterior use or vertical surfaces use Circa 1850 Heavy Body Paint & Varnish Remover.
How do I open the lid? Does the red part come off?
I believe the directions are imprinted in the red cap. Squeeze & turn slowly to let vapors escape. Once it's open & you start to use it, you'll realize it's the very best product on the market.
Yes, It is a tamper-proof cap, unscrew red cap (CCW) by pinching flanges towards each other (it moves hard). Then pull out black safety cap inside black spout. Be careful not to spill or spatter when opening - strong stuff.Best paint/varnish remover I have ever used, worth the effort of dealing with difficult cap.
It"s like a prescription bottle you squeeze it in a little and twist.
I have had mine for awhile, but as I recall, there was a band around the bottom of the lid that I pulled off with a pair of pliers. Then the sides of the lid are to be squeezed while you twist off. It is a little difficult! This is the best stripper I have ever used. I have used numerous cans of it, and am not able to purchase it locally so order it from Jamestown Distributors. I hope you like it as I have.
Can I use a water base stain after using circa 1850 paint stripper? Do I need to apply something else before using latex stain?
Wish I can help but I have only used oil based stains after using the stripper. Never used a water base stain. Can not imagine it being an issue
does it work on a metal door?
Not sure, only used it on wood furniture so far.
yes, works great
I'm not sure I wouldn't use it unless your trying to use up extra you had laying around. Metal door could probably take a cheaper stronger stripper.
Yes, we refinished our metal garden doors. Would recommend doing a wash down with vinegar before applying your primer as a neutralizer. We then just taped and covered the glass and used a spray Tremclad exterior paint. Turned out beautifully. ( to minimise runs with either stripper or paint, door should be worked on in the horizontal position )
Is this supposed to look like thin gravy? It softened the paint but nothing came off with a brush. I used all of the quart can on a door. I scraped off what I could but it's a mess. Should I get more? Maybe I got an old can?
Yes it's thick, but clear. I use it to remove lacquer from guitars. I scrape with a razor blade. Usually takes about three applications to get to bare wood.
Hi,I use Circa 1850 to remove varnish from the wood work in my home. It is the best product I've come across.I brush it on, wait about 10-15 minutes, brush on a bit more and use scrubby pads to remove the varnish. Tough spots I use scrapers and other tools. I have not used it on paint but do intend to this spring on my front door.It is a very thin weight product and it goes fast. But once again I think it's the best.Good luck!
Mine was brown - like gravy. I'll buy some new.
Hey Ed...I just used this product for the first time to strip stain / lacquer off an antique piece of furniture. Yes it is the consistency of "gravy". I had great success using the maple scraper recommended with the product as opposed to brush alone. It may take a couple of applications to get everything off. I tried many strippers before purchasing and nothing even came close to this stuff. In my opinion it's a great product!!!
I found it worked well by doing small sections at a time. Used fine steel wool to get off layers of varnish. Easy at my end.
Circa 1850 isn't meant for paint, I believe. It works very well on varnishes, but not so well on paint. I've only used it on old varnishes.You use a brush to work the stripper -- you don't brush it on, leave it, and scrape it later. Most other strippers work like that, but Circa 1850 doesn't. So put some on the brush, apply the brush to the surface, and keep working in circles or back and forth with the brush. Don't stop in that particular area until the old finish is all gone.
How do I clean my brush after I am finished?
Never cleaned my brush I always used one time use brushes
You can use warm soapy water to clean brush but you should never use the brush for anything but stripper.This is the best chem. stripper I have ever used, works great!
We have not had any luck getting them cleaned each time so we used a new brush with each project.
Don't even think about cleaning your brush. Use an old brush & toss it out once your project is complete. You can leave the brush soaking in the stripper if you can't finish your project in one session. So basically you will need one old brush to complete a project. The product is the best I have ever used & I've been refinishing for 40+ years.
How do I get this product off glass once it is dried?
Hello, To remove dried stripper from glass, simply use a standard scraping tool for glass. Inexpensive and found with the painting supplies, this hand held scraper, with it's razor sharp replaceable blades, is a handy gadget to keep in the kitchen. It can be used to remove burned on food from glass dishes, the inside of the oven door and/or microwave. Additionally, dried on food particles can be easily removed from cupboard surfaces without damaging the wood.
I used a oil based thinner and a razor blade. Then I used acetone to clean up the oil based thinner.
How well does it remove stain?
It is the best stripper that we have been able to find.
It is quite effective on removing stain. After the initial stripping, I dip steel wool in the stripper & give the project a final clean up which removes any residual stain. A light sanding is the final step. Only once did I have a problem removing stain. It was a very old library table with a deep red stain that just kept bleeding red! Circa 1850 is the best stripper I have ever used.
The stripper removes any finish that is on top of the wood. It will not remove stain that has penetrated into the wood. If the stain was brushed on after a finish was applied to the wood so that the stain was not absorbed into the wood, it will strip off with the finish coat.
This is by far the best stripper that I have found. I just completed stripping my kitchen table (Oak with a light stain), also completed recently a 65 year old dresser with old time walnut stain. It is so easy to use, just keep the part that you are stripping wet and keep moving the product over the area, usually in about 5 minutes you can just use a scrapper to lift off the finish. You can then just take a very fine steel wool and go over the area, and then lightly sand, and you are ready to apply your finish.Good Luck.
Do I clean my brushes with varsol?
I never use brushes worth cleaning, only use old brushes or chip brushes. Your brush will get all gunked up with the old finish being removed. If I don't have time to finish a project, I just leave the brush soaking in a can of stripper. So you can actually use only one brush to complete a project. The product is amazing & well worth wasting an old brush!!
I use throw away brushes if needed, generally the stiffer the bristles the better
Will Circa 1850 remove lacquer applied to brass without damaging the brass?
I don't know. I bought it to use on wood only. Is there any inobtrusive place you could try it out on first?
Sorry, did not use this on brass.
I have used it to remove paint from old brass hardware with good results & no damage to the brass.
I have used Circa 1850 on brass and was satisfied with the results. I suggest you try it on an inconspicuos area first and see if you are satisfied with the results.
Where can your product be purchased? Circa 1850 stripper
if Jamestown doesn"t carry it, check Amazon.
We purchased the product direct from Jamestown
I have not found anyplace that carries this product so I normally just order from Jamestown Dist. It' so easy and quick delivery.I love this product for stripping furniture!!
Best thing I've ever used on antiques I care about
This is the best thing I've ever used on fine wood. I've used this for 15 year and won't use anything else unless I can't get Circa 1850. I especially like it toward the end of stripping when I need to get the surface really clean. I can use a cheap natural fiber paint brush and wash and scrub. It's more like cleaning than stripping at that point, though it works great for stripping heavy paint too. While it's a very effective stripper, it doesn't dry out the wood and it's relatively gentle on me. If I get a drop on my hand it stings, but doesn't burn like others. It's not a "fumy" as others, so I feel OK using it indoors with really good ventilation, which I have to do occasionally on woodwork refinishing. Still, all the normal precautions with a stripper are advisable, use it outdoors if at all possible, use heavy rubber gloves and eye protection, long sleeves and pants, have a place nearby to wash in case something does splash on you. This is the BEST! I can't recommend it too highly.
Sandy the old house paint stripper
Excellent for removing paint from antique plaster frames. The product's consistency allows for great surface adhesion.
Hanwell, New Brunswick, Canada
Stripping has ever been easier!
We're using this product to prepare vintage light fixtures for restoration for our new home. Many of these arrive covered with countless layers of old house paint. Most strip nicely with just one treatment, but even the worst ones are clean as a whistle with just two coats. This product is very user friendly; minimal fumes.
Hanwell, New Brunswick, Canada
Absolutely the BEST!!
I've used Circa 1850 stripper to restore/refinish antiques for many years. I've tried other products but nothing comes close. It literally melts away old finishes. Anyone who does not like this product is probably trying to rush the job. Keep the work area wet & be patient, the old finish will just melt away. It will melt away your gloves as well, so be sure to wear the appropriate gloves!
West Falls, NY
I was thrilled with circa1850 stripper I tried everything to get rid of white spots on my maple table top so decided to redo the whole table When I applied 1850 stripper the white spots diasppeared so I immediately washed with soap & water & the spots were gone I didn't have to refinish table Thanks Gwen Perkin 910 perkin cres Listowel Ont N4W3R8
I felt like this was an average product. On a flat surface it works well. But I struggled to get it to do much on vertical surfaces. The product just ran down the face and didn't have time to work on the wood. I put 3 coats on and it still had varnish on the wood. I might buy from [@]t next time.
Good Stripping Product
I was pleased with this product and would definitely use it again.
Always Refinishing Something
This is the best stripper that I have used. It is fast and does a complete job. No scraping to harm the wood. PLEASE FOLLOW THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AS THIS IS A VERY STRONG PRODUCT. I WILL NEVER USE ANYTHING ELSE
Very clean results
Used to remove 44 yr old finish off teak and holly floor boards. Because it evaporates quickly, work small areas and sometimes requires working into the surface to be removed with the brush. I applied with brush and used a Maple Scraper, then finishing pad. The surface left behind was very clean, without any residue.
Never had done it before
This was my first time ever stripping anything. I totally ENJOYED the experience. I used it on my front door. It was easy to apply, didn't cause a mess, didn't drip, didn't smell and it worked like a charm. I am ready to tackle any other project now that I have discovered this wonderful product.