Color Change Stripper

Takes the guesswork out of stripping for great results every time! Klean-Strip® Color Change Stripper is designed to force the stripper down through up to 14 layers of latex paint and multiple layers of oil-based finishes… and it changes color to let you know when to scrape. This is the first methylene chloride stripper with color change technology — it goes on light blue and then turns to bluish-white when the layers of paint are ready to be removed in one pass. The thick paste clings to vertical surfaces so there are no drips or runs when applied. The unique formula is lower odor than other methylene chloride strippers. Removes oil-based, latex, epoxy and polyurethane coatings.


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1. Wear chemical-resistant gloves and chemical splash goggles. Shake well and open can slowly to relieve pressure. 2. Pour into a metal container and apply with a paint brush to a small area (up to 9 sq. ft) until the surface to be stripped is completely hidden. Do not brush back and forth. Leave the area and let the stripper do the work. 3. When most of the stripper has changed to a lighter pale blue color (in as little as 15 minutes), it is time to strip. Remove loosened finish by gently scraping in direction of wood grain with a plastic stripping tool. A toothbrush, toothpick or stripping brush will help remove old finish buried in recesses. Scrape within 30 minutes of the color change or the paint may start re-adhering to the surface. If this happens, use soapy water to remove stripper and re-apply after surface is dry. 4. Use a clean abrasive pad dipped in After Wash or Odorless Mineral Spirits to loosen remaining finish and remove any residue. Surface should be completely clean and dry before refinishing.

IMPORTANT: Do not mix with any other product. For best results, use in temperatures between 65°F and 85°F and away from strong breeze and hot sun. Protect surrounding areas with a heavy plastic drop cloth.

CLEAN UP: Return unused stripper to the original container. The work area and tools can be cleaned up with soap and water. Wash arms and hands with cold water and soap.

STORAGE: Store in a cool place, below 90°, out of direct sunlight. Exposure to high temperatures or prolonged exposure to sun may cause can to swell or leak.

DISPOSAL: If container is corroded, rusted or shows signs of deterioration, dispose of product. Dispose of empty cans and leftover product at your local household hazardous waste collection facility. If one is not available, dispose of in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.

DANGER!   POISON. MAY BE FATAL OR CAUSE BLINDNESS IF SWALLOWED. VAPOR HARMFUL. EYE & SKIN IRRITANT. Contains: Methanol and Methylene Chloride. Cannot be made non-poisonous. Do not apply to hot surfaces. Keep away from heat, sparks, flames and all other sources of ignition. USE ONLY WITH ADEQUATE VENTILATION TO PREVENT BUILDUP OF VAPORS. Do not use in areas where vapors can accumulate and concentrate such as basements, bathrooms and small, enclosed areas. Whenever possible use outdoors in an open air area. If using indoors open all windows and doors and maintain a cross ventilation of moving fresh air across the work area. If strong odor is noticed or you experience slight dizziness – STOP – ventilation is inadequate. Leave area immediately. IF THE WORK AREA IS NOT WELL VENTILATED, DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT. A dust mask does not provide protection against vapors. WARNING: Using this product will expose you to chemicals which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and other reproductive harm. Methylene Chloride has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. The risk to your health depends on the level and duration of exposure. Avoid contact with eyes and contact with skin. Avoid breathing of vapors or mist and contact with skin, eyes and clothing. Do not take internally.

FIRST AID - IF SWALLOWED, immediately call your poison control center, hospital emergency room or physician for instructions.

IN CASE OF EYE CONTACT, immediately flush with water, remove any contact lens, continue flushing with water for at least 15 minutes, then get medical attention.

IN CASE OF SKIN CONTACT, irritation may result. Immediately wash with soap and water. If irritation persists, get medical attention.


MAX V.O.C. 50% by weight

Product Category: Paint Remover

U.S. Patent No. 8,324,144

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 
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.

The “Directions for Use” are included to help you better understand our product. However, they do not provide you with all of the information needed to use the product safely and effectively. Prior to using any of our products, you should always read the entire label including all cautions. A copy of the current label is linked to this webpage.