Premium Stripper

With Klean-Strip® Premium Stripper, it takes 15 minutes or less to dissolve decades of built-up finishes. Our strongest stripper, Klean-Strip® Premium Stripper removes multiple layers of latex and oil-based paint, polyurethane, epoxy, varnish and shellac from wood, metal and masonry surfaces. The thick paste formula clings to vertical surfaces without runs or drips.


WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Methylene Chloride, which is known to the State of California to cause cancer, and Methanol, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.  For more information go to



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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 lay a thick coat on with a paintbrush. Brush in one direction only. Leave the area and let the stripper do the work.
  3. After 15 minutes, test scrape a small area to see if finish is ready for removal. 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. Multiple coats or stubborn finishes may require repeat application.
  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. Do not use on linoleum, plastic, rubber, asphalt tile, fiberglass or other synthetics. Use over a small area because health and safety risks will increase dramatically when used over large areas.

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. 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, bathtubs 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. Contains Methanol and Methylene Chloride. Cannot be made non-poisonous. Methylene Chloride has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. The risk to your health depends on the level and duration of exposure. Reports have associated repeated and prolonged overexposure to solvents with neurological and other physiological damage. Intentional misuse of this product by deliberately concentrating and inhaling vapors can be harmful or fatal. Avoid breathing of vapors or mist and contact with skin, eyes and clothing. Do not take internally. WARNING: Using this product will expose you to chemicals which are known to the State of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm.

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 immediate medical attention.

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


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Product Category: Paint Remover

How do I apply Klean Strip® Premium Stripper for best results?
Apply it thick, and only brush in one direction. This keeps the thickener intact, so the product doesn’t evaporate before softening the finish. Give the stripper time to work; at least 15 minutes, before test scraping. If the finish is ready to be removed, scrape it off; use a plastic scraper if you’re stripping wood so you don’t gouge the surface, moving any damp stripper to the next area to be stripped. Then wipe the stripped surface down with Klean Strip® After Wash, Odorless Mineral Spirits or Paint Thinner to remove any residue.

How do I clean up after stripping a surface?
Use a clean abrasive pad dipped in Klean Strip® After Wash, Odorless Mineral Spirits or Paint Thinner to loosen remaining finish and remove any residue. Surface should be completely clean and dry before refinishing.

What type of brush should be used to apply Klean Strip® Premium Paint Stripper?
Use inexpensive natural bristle brushes that can be disposed of afterward.

The stripper dried on my surface. What should I do?
Reapply the stripper liberally and let it stand 15 to 30 minutes. This will soften the dried residue so the stripping project can continue.

Does it get too cold to use Klean Strip® Premium 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 Klean Strip® Premium Stripper?
Typically, around 80 sq. ft. per gallon — or 20 sq. ft. per quart.

Where can I purchase Klean Strip® Premium Stripper?
Check the “Find A Retailer” link at the top of the page to locate a store that’s carrying it. It’s sold mainly in the paint section of home improvement centers and hardware stores.

Is it safe to use Klean Strip® Premium Stripper on fiberglass?
No, this is not recommended.

What is the shelf life of Klean Strip® Premium Stripper?
The shelf life is three years unopened and six months after opening.

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.