Written on: 14/03/2013
I bought a wooden cabinet with a thick dark varnish. The varnish was so thick that it looked like plastic and I was a little worried it would turn out to be MDF instead of proper wood underneath. I bought a couple of small tubs of Home Strip because I hate the thought of strong chemicals and, as I am asthmatic, those sorts of things tend to affect my breathing. I also bought a springy metal scourer as recommended. Well it took a lot of work over a couple of days but it worked really well and... (read more)
Written on: 20/07/2012 by TimBrim
Having inherited an old Ercol dresser with a dark brown stain and varnish I thought it'd have to go on the bonfire. I picked up some Home Strip at the local hardware store and had a crack at trying to rescue it. The product worked brilliantly. I painted the gel like liquid (which meant there was very little mess) and left it for about 40 minutes. I then used a stainless steal scourer and some warm water to remove the product and the varnish/stain. The brown stain and varnish came off... (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2012 by gbbr28871 (0 reviews written)
I bought this product from B&Q to try on my garage door, applied it and covered it with cling film and left overnight. No smells, no skins burns and very pleasant to use. The next day it had removed most of the paint and I bought a larger size from Toolstation and with one more application and an hours wait it scrubbed off a treat with a scouring pad and a bowl of hot soapy water. I have just bought their PVCu cleaner to remover the paint splashes from my windows. (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2012 by matty1883 (1 review written)
Having spoken to a friend about some old wooden sash windows and window sills I had that I wanted to repaint, he pointed me in the direction of the eco solutions paint remover stating 'it is the best you are gonna find' and he wasn't wrong. I bought a tub from toolstation, and went to work, the product was unbelievably easy to use, it didn't overwhelm the house in a horrible toxic smell and was great value. Yet the most impressive thing about it all was that the wood came out looking as... (read more)
Written on: 12/03/2012 by puffedpride (1 review written)
I really wanted to give a favourable review - as the product is easily the safest to use (but see below). For removing several layers of paint and varnish (some lead-based) from 100 yr old skirting boards, we wanted something that can safely remove the lead without any flaking and dust (due to toxicity of the lead). We also wanted to avoid chemically dangerous products. Sadly, the Homestrip - after 3 overnight applications - was still a long way from removing all the layers completely. It... (read more)
Written on: 07/11/2011
Because I have asthma we decided to try this product and in my opinion the only good thing about it is that it has a pleasant smell. We bought 3 tubs @ £10.80 a tub at B&Q and unfortunately I opened two of the products, otherwise I would have taken them all back and demanded a refund. We used it to try to remove 1 layer of water based emulsion and now all we are left with is a sticky mess on the surface which is proving very difficult to remove, we are still trying after 2 days of solid... (read more)
Written on: 01/10/2011 by fionalee (1 review written)
Bought this from B&Q in a 500ml size after talking to the company eco solutions as i wanted to check if this product removed paint from wooden architraves and also cornicing. They recommended i purchased a small size to try first but assured me it would work. They were right and it worked beautifully. I pasted the door frames up with a thick coating and covered it with plastic film wrap and left it till the following day. I was amased by the results as it had taken off most of the many... (read more)
Written on: 26/08/2011
Non-toxic it may be but it doesn't work. Used on a metal towel rail, the paint already flaking and in poor condition. After using Homestrip gel and leaving it on for and hour and longer I was still scraping as hard as without using the gel. After several attempts I removed maybe 30% of the paint back to bare metal. It's back to Polycell or Nitromors to get the job done. (read more)
Written on: 12/07/2011 by cooper2 (1 review written)
This stuff is great. I have used the smelly and extremely dangerous strippers before and hated them. With this stripper all I did was apply a coat, wait about 15 minutes, scrap off. Then with a bucket of water and a green scratch pad wash off. Additional coats would need to be applied depending on how many coats of varnish or paint are on the piece. And no dangerous fumes or burns on my skin. It is time consuming, but what is there about refinishing that isn't time consuming. PS I am... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2011
On close analysis, several of the positive reviews seen here are so similar that they appear to have been written with the purpose of countering the negative criticism, rather than being just a report of how the product did its job. Looks fishy to me!! (read more)
Written on: 12/05/2011
Not good, tried removing paint couple of hours after application & tried scrapping, not very good. Reapplied the gel & left overnight, doesn't remove the paint. Rubbish - c Grindall (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2011
I bought this product as a low toxicity alternative to remove one thin coat of varnish from a pine floor. So thin, the varnish scratches with the slightest of touches, and sellotape can pull it off!
However, "Home Strip" CANNOT remove it. Even after 3 liberal coats,and leaving it covered overnight, very little came off. What a waste of time and money.
I am so disappointed, as the product claims to remove upto 6 coats of paint- yeah right! "Home Strip" could only be more dissapointing if I... (read more)
Written on: 04/02/2011
I read that this product was supposed to be the best thing since sliced bread. That couldn't be more wrong. I am trying to remove paint from some box sash windows, sill and surrounding area etc. So far the stuff has been on 3 hours + and there are only slight signs of it having any impact and most of it has dried. Unless there is a miraculous turn around over night which I highly doubt there will be, I'm taking the stuff back to B in a Q and complaining. Nitro would of had the lot off by... (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2011
I found this product in a B&Q superstore after searching high and low to an alternative stripper to Nitromors.
I went through two tins of Nitromors trying to remove paint from a modern door. Everytime I applied the Nitromors it dried out so all i kept doing was wasting product with no reaction, and god! the smell was terrible (my eyes were sore for a least 3 days after)
I tried the Home Strip on this door and within 30 minutes it had softened the paint and came striaght off with a scaper.... (read more)
Written on: 14/08/2010
Just came across these reviews for Home Strip and would like to add a counterpoint to some of those saying that it didn't work so well on older paint. I stripped a door frame with 70+ years of paint etc on it and I was extremely impressed with it. The main thing I found was that some patience is required. I followed the instructions and applied an initial coat, covered with polythene sheet, and left for a couple of hours. I then used a stainless steel scourer. Now this was a bit... (read more)
Written on: 09/06/2010
I came across the product in B&Q and am so pleased I found it. I was needing to remove the varnish from our dining table top as it had become very tacky, and the damm table matt had made a pattern in the surface!
I was so amazed to smell nothing when I opened the tub up, and it brushed onto the top like a dream. I also got it on my face and horray - No burning on my skin either!
The table top darkened slightly which I then realised it was time to remove it. I strated with a scraper but... (read more)
Written on: 09/06/2010
I was a bit dubious after reading the reviews but I can honsetly say its a decent product. I used it to strip a 100+ year old staircase with 6-7 coats of paint and a couple of coats of varnish.
It was definately harder work and quite a bit more expensive than Nitromors but there were non of your usual problems with ventilation in tight spaces or worries with getting it on your skin. Paint stripping is always a messy job and I got it everywhere but it didnt give me any problems and didnt... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2010
This product should not be purchased under any circumstances unless that is you wish to throw your money away. I used this on the wooden spindles of the decking on my caravan and it failed to work, apart from some slight peeling on a small part of the bottom length of wood. I subsequently dispose of the product and lost almost £50 - give it a miss!!! (read more)
Written on: 08/04/2010
After searching for ages trying to find a product that was safe to use on plasterboard I came across Home Strip Paint & Varnish Remover after reader about it here www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/paintstrip.htm
So I purchased a tub for £20 and set to work, applied it like directed and left it to do its stuff.
I then attempted to scrape the paint off and this is where the problems started, the paint had turned to a gooey sticky mess that was impossible to remove with a scarper.
I spent to... (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2009
I used eco solutions to strip layers of automotive paint from aluminium vehicle panels wihtout damage. (read more)
Written on: 31/03/2009 by lucykelly
Eco Solutions Home Strip Paint & Varnish Remover is also a great product for those interested in art. I've used this on many of my art project at both college and University. I use it for transfereing images onto different surfaces. It's fantastic if you're wanting your work to look old and warn. I showed lots of my class mates how to use it and now they're all at it. (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2008
This stripper worked very well to remove several layers of paint on skirting boards, stairs and doorframes. I left it on for about 2 hours, scraped it off, and repeated. It was a pleasure to use - especially after struggling with a heat gun etc. afterwards it just needed a light sanding. (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2008 by salasco (1 review written)
I bought Eco SOlutions Paint Remover to strip an old wooden panel door and while it took off the newer paint reasonably well it had little real effect on the older paint below. Where it did get down to the wood, it soaked into the wood causing damage to the carved panel mouldings. (read more)
Written on: 03/03/2008 by molsonmutt
Althought this Paint & Varnish remover product was easy to use indoors, and worked to remove newer paint, it didn't work on older layers of paint at all. (read more)
Written on: 02/07/2007 by Pbp (2 reviews written)
Eco Solutions Home Strip Paint & Varnish Remover was used to remove some old paint from a chest of draws I purchased from a second hand shop. I bought it from B&Q, and thought I would go for this one as I had already used their X-Tex to remove artex. It contains no harmful chemicals, and gives off no fumes at all. I applied it and left it for 2 hours, as stated on the pot because it is a non-solvent, and the longer you leave it on the more it will remove, which in turn saves your product. I... (read more)
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