Effortless Paint Removal: Using Citri Strip as a Safe Option for Your DIY Project”

Are you tired of staring at that old, peeling paint on your granite surfaces, or wood surfaces? Whether it’s a countertop or wood cabinets paint removal can be a daunting task. But fear not! In this blog post, I’ll introduce you to a safe and effective solution for paint removal – Citri Strip. I’ll walk you through the process, step by step, to help you achieve paint-free perfection in no time. Say goodbye to those stubborn paint layers and hello to a fresh, clean look!

Please keep in mind older furniture pieces  can have lead paint in them. Use extra protection when working with older projects.

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials

Before diving into the paint removal process, ensure you have the following materials ready:

– Citri Strip paint remover
– Saran wrap or plastic wrap
– A knife or scraper
– Soapy water
– Metal scrubbing pad
– Mineral spirits

Step 2: Applying Citri Strip

Start by applying a thick layer of Citri Strip directly onto the painted surface. Make sure to cover the entire painted area evenly. Citri Strip is known for being a safer alternative to traditional paint strippers, as it’s less harsh and doesn’t emit strong fumes. Since I couldn’t take my counters outdoors I choose to go with this option.

Step 3: Wrap and Wait

Cover the freshly applied Citri Strip with Saran wrap while it’s still wet. This step helps to trap the product against the paint, allowing it to work more effectively. Let it sit for up to an hour, or until you notice the paint beginning to bubble and blister.

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 Step 4: Remove Paint

Carefully remove the Saran wrap in sections, ensuring you don’t remove too much saran wrap at once. Use a knife or scraper to gently lift and peel away the bubbled paint.  You can pour or spray water it makes the remaining paint slide right off and helps avoid a sticky mess. You’ll be amazed at how easily it comes off!

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Step 5: Soapy Scrub

For any remaining stubborn spots of paint, apply soapy water to the area and continue scraping with your knife or scraper. You can always repeat steps 1/4 if you have too many  stubborn areas. This is why it’s important to wait until the area bubbles. You also have to keep in mind if you wait too long then the paint starts drying under the saran wrap. This makes it a bit hard to remove. You need to pull up the saran wrap while it still wet and sticky.  I’ve timed it and noticed about an hour is more then enough for most surfaces. Also for particularly tough spots, use a metal scrubbing pad to help loosen the paint.

Step 6: Wipe Clean

Once you’ve successfully removed all the paint, wipe the entire surface clean with a damp cloth or sponge. This will ensure that no residue is left behind.

Step 7: Stop Active Ingredients

To stop the active ingredients in the Citri Strip, use mineral spirits. Apply a small amount to a clean cloth and gently rub it over the treated surface. This will neutralize any remaining Citri Strip and leave your granite surface paint-free and ready for use. You can wipe them with a soap sponge again to remove any mineral spirits.


In just a few simple steps, you can use Citri Strip as a safe and effective paint remover for your DIY paint stripping project on granite, wood or metal surfaces. No more unsightly paint layers – just a fresh, clean look that you’ll love. Whether you’re reviving an old piece of furniture or giving your kitchen a makeover, Citri Strip is your go-to solution for safe and hassle-free paint removal. Say goodbye to the old and hello to the new with Citri Strip! My favorite part is removing the saran wrap and watching how easy the paint lifts.

If the steps are confusing here’s a 15 second video showing the process. Hope it’s helpful!


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