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★☆☆☆☆

“two words - don't bother”

Written on: 21/07/2014 by Emersonq279 (1 review written)

I bought this to remove paint from brick, which it recommended an hour...it says not to leave longer than advised and an hour was the maximum time to leave it on at all. After about 1 1/2 hours ( I'd been distracted by my baby) I removed it with a pressure washer, nothing had changed. I contacted the company in complaint and they arranged to ring me to advise me how to use it (I never spoke to them as they didn't ring at convenient times for me), I'm sure this was in good thought however I'm… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 22/07/2014

I am really sorry to read this very poor review on our product Home Strip. I would like to start by saying I did call you many times and kindly asked you via email when i would be convenient to call! I left a voicemail also!

I cannot understand your comments about the label? saying the label states not to leave longer than advised! it doesn't! but it does state on part of the label: "For more than 5-6 coats of paint: apply liberally and leave for 1 hour and scrape off, then apply a second coat and leave overnight"

It also states on the label: TRY A SMALL TEST AREA FIRST. and cannot see in this review if you actually tried a small area to see how it performed, then contacted us if you had concerns!

Home Strip paint and varnish remover will remove nearly all types of paint, epoxy, varnishes, poly, acid cured etc etc. I cannot say what paint was on your wall, but feel it would have worked if used properly.

Again I am really sorry you are not happy with our product, but feel you didn't give it a good enough chance.

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★★★★★

“So easy to strip varnish and no smell from solvents!”

Written on: 05/05/2014

I contacted Eco Solutions yesterday, 2 May, 2014, with questions about Home Strip. Spoke to a very helpful lady who told me how to find the Home Strip video on the website. I have a large stained/varnished desk to refurbish. I applied Home Strip to a side section of desk about 12 x 18 inches in size, covered it in cling film, applied Home Strip to another section about the same size, covered it in cling film, and continued with this until the side of the desk was completely covered. I… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Amazing!”

Written on: 04/02/2014 by LucyAbigail (1 review written)

I can honestly say Home Strip is amazing! I have used many paint removers over the last 20 or so years where I have had to remove paint or varnish from various items. I saw this product on Twitter through a blog called a passion for homes and purchased from tool station.( got to say they are amazing as well! Anyway I had some architraves that needed stripping as they were chipping very easily every time the door slammed, and with kids they slammed a lot..I applied Home Strip and left for an… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Utter rubbish ”

Written on: 19/12/2013

Quite simply, it does not remove artex. Follow the instructions, score the paint, leave 24 hours covered in film. It still will not remove artex. It's interesting that half the reviews on here say it is rubbish and half claim it to be amazing. Interestingly, many of these posts read like an advert for the product. And use many of the same tips etc, and similar language. Skeptical. Save your money and get your artex plastered over. Incidentally, I particularly like claims I have seen on forums… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 13/01/2014

Sorry to hear you had problems using our product, but either you have got the wrong section or you have been using the wrong product to remove artex!

Home Strip paint and varnish remover is designed to remove paint not artex.

Why did you not test a small area before using this product? why did you not call the technical helpline on the label is you were experiencing problems?

Really aggressive review here, which only suggests it could be one of our fellow competitors!

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★☆☆☆☆

“This product is useless for removing old varnished layers”

Written on: 07/09/2013

This product is useless for removing old varnished layers… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 14/09/2013

I am sorry to hear you have had problems using Home Strip but I can assure you that Home Strip will remove all types of varnish and oil and water based paints.

Did you follow the instructions by doing a small test area first? Also the technical helpline telephone number on the label- did you call us?

The only varnish that can create problems is 1920's varnish which does soften and strip but sometimes needs an overnight process to break it down- 1920's varnish was the first early type of polyeurthane, and over the years mainly on dining table tops the sun has baked the finish on making it even harder to remove.

We do appreciate feedback on all of our products and would like to see a more detailed explanation of what the actual issues were, but a phone call to our technical helpline might have been the answer.

If you would like to call us one of our technical staff would be more than happy to help.

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★★★★★

“wanting to know before I buy”

Written on: 02/08/2013 by lhawkins (1 review written)

Hi everyone, I am just wondering if anybody knows if this would be a safe product to use for removal in a reptile tank to remove a gloss paint any help would be appreciated, thanks very much… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Response to lhawkins's Review

Written on: 29/08/2013

Hi
this product has been used around pets with no problems at all, and is PH neutral, so once washed and cleaned afterwards should pose no problems

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★★★★☆

“Not unpleasant to use and did a good job”

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 I… Read Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Better results with jiff”

Written on: 15/02/2013

Skirting boards are painted white spent a few hours and eventually left overnight, did it work, NO!, RUBBISH. … Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 20/02/2013

I am very sorry to hear you had problems whilst using Home Strip. Did you try a small test area first to see how it would react to the paint on your skirting boards?

I am surprised to see that even though you spent the time to write this very negative review (possibly a competitor) you didn't get the time to call our customer helpine which is on the label, and we could have talked you through any issues you might have had.

Home Strip Paint and Varnish Remover is a totally unique and effective product on the market today, and WILL remove all types of oil and water-based paints. In some cases it can soften paint rather than blister, and some users can be fooled thinking that it is not working!



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★★★★★

“Ercol Dresser”

Written on: 20/07/2012 by TimBrim (1 review written)

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 with… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Garage Door Sorted !”

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 Full Review

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★★★★★

“Hard work made EASY!!”

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 though… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Not up to tough jobs”

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 Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Response to puffedpride's Review

Written on: 28/03/2012

I am sorry to hear that Home Strip was not a sucess for you, but you say in your review:

"after 3 overnight applications - was still a long way from removing all the layers completely. It generally only attacks one layer of paint per application.
Moreover, left overnight it results in a rubbery but dry-ish layer of scrape-able paint that flakes into small pieces and gets absolutely everywhere"

Now leaving Home Strip on overnight is the way we would suggest but you would need to cover the Home Strip with plastic film (cling film) this will force the Home Strip down through the multi layered paint and WILL remove up to 8 coats on one overnight application!

When a paint remover is applied to a multi-layered substrate it will of course blister the first coat which in turn will lift the paint remover away from the next coat and stop it working!

Auro paint remover does contain Caustic and would steer away from such an agressive chemical. This can also remove newly applied paint about 6 months after if you do not neutralise the area first.


Osmo Paint remover you mention contains "Ethanol" which is the main ingredient and would not recommend using this to remove lead-based paints. The solvent evapourates and leaves you with dry paint. It is also highly flammable! Certainly not Eco Friendly.

Home Strip is actually specifed for use in removing lead based paints and has been used sucessfully in projects by conservation groups all over the UK where there has been a danger of lead in paint.

Home Strip has also been tested by the Insitute of Occupational medicine - Link - http://www.ecosolutions.co.uk/docs/health%20&%20safety%20news.pdf

If used correctly Home Strip is the safest and most effective paint remover on the market today. The instruction sate to try a test area first! and also if leaving overnight to cover with plastic film.


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Puffedpride's Response to puffedpride's Review

Written on: 29/03/2012

Andrew Chivers - i will try your suggestion and feedback how it worked on the same job.

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Sweetcorn82's reply to Puffedpride's Comment

Written on: 17/03/2013

Hi

Was thinking of using this product on the same job as you described, I would be interested to know how you got along using cling film method?

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Puffedpride's reply to Sweetcorn82's Comment

Written on: 18/03/2013

Definitely works better with clingfilm method. Doesn't dry out or flake nearly as much. Still needed 3 applications to get several layers of paint off. Given applications are cling-filmed and left on overnight, it gives you an idea of how long a job can take! But that is the price of having a very safe product, I guess. I would use it again.......but only because there is no pressure time-wise for me, so it's doable.

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Andrewchivers's reply to Puffedpride's Comment

Written on: 19/03/2013

Hi
Glad you got on well with Home Strip, but would like to know why it took so long as on overnight process should take more off.

The only thing that can slow the removal process is very cold temperatures, and wondered if this was inside or out?


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Sweetcorn82's reply to Puffedpride's Comment

Written on: 19/03/2013

Thanks for your reply, very helpful as I was in two minds after reading other reviews! Under no time frame so I'll give it a go but maybe just in my bathroom as at three coats I imagine the cost would be to great to do my whole flat! Fingers crossed!

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Andrewchivers's reply to Sweetcorn82's Comment

Written on: 19/03/2013

The cling film method works very well, as placing the film over the top stops the paint blistering and lifting away from the surface which usually stops it from working its magic and the other paint. It also keeps the product wet making it work for longer periods.

An overnight process can soften and remove up to 8 coats in just one application of home strip. The secret is making sure you have a really good thick coat of home strip on first as having patchy won't give good results.

The product is thixotropic meaning its quite fluid when being brushed on, so I recommend applying a coat leaving for five mins then going lightly over again with a second coat.

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Sweetcorn82's reply to Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 19/03/2013

With the old products (pre 2010) I used to score into paint work to get the stripper to seep in, is this recommended with your product? Also with the old stuff it took three coats to get back to the bare wood, how many would you say your product needs on the same piece of wood to achieve the same result as it doesn't contain the harmful (but strong) chemicals? Many thanks

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Andrewchivers's reply to Sweetcorn82's Comment

Written on: 20/03/2013

Only on Vinyl Silks I would recommend this, but it would open the paint surface up and get it to work quicker.

On old paints it should take three coats off if using the cling film method, but we also say to use a stainless steel scouring ball dipped in a bowl of warm soapy water to remove the softened paint.

This gives a much cleaner result and gets into any ornate surfaces,along with removing any paint or primer stuck in the grain. It also cuts in the surface of the next coat if not softened and forms a key for re-application.

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★☆☆☆☆

“In my opinion don't waste your money”

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 Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 29/11/2011

A sticky mess suggests a vinyl silk emulsion and this will happen using any tyep of paint remover from solvent based to water based.

Vinyl silk paints contain plastic polymers which turn to a rubber gooey substance when softened by paint removers and it is extremely difficult to remove.

Scoring the surface with a blade prior to applying the paint remover helps to get underneath and lift the paint, and removing the softened paint with a long handled blade scraper rather than a standard metal scraper helps alot.

Harsh 1 star!

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Jwilson88's Comment

Written on: 09/04/2013

This has happened to a dining table I wanted to strip back. The table is second hand so I did not know what it had been finished in. I used the Home Sense product because of its non-toxic qualities. There are a number of curved areas so scraping proves very difficult. Could you suggest an alternative to removing this sticky mess? What would happen if I sanded the wood?

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 28/02/2012

Home Strip will remove emulsion with no effort at all and looking at your opinion and in my view an ufair one, it looks like you have vinyl silk emulsion.

Vinyl silk emulsion contains plastic polymers which once hardened are very hard to remove(thats why it is so hard wearing)

Home Strip will remove vinyl silks but require a long handled blade scraper to lift it away from the surface rather than spreading it round with a normal type scraper.

Also lightly scoring the surface prior to applying Home Strip work well to get underneath and lift it.

It is a shame you didnt give the technical helpline a call which is on the label and one of our technical advisors could have talked you through this process.

Lastly I would say that no matter what type of paint remover you use you will still get this effect. Very sorry to see you are unhappy, but trust me the product works-otherwise we would have gone out of business years ago!

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★★★★★

“Home Strip Magic”

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 layers… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Response to fionalee's Review

Written on: 01/12/2011

I am pleased you liked this product.

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Lhawkins's Response to fionalee's Review

Written on: 02/08/2013

Do you have a number I have tried finding it but were not successful, I am trying to find out if I can put this stuff in a reptile tank to remove a gloss paint from the inside of my wooden tank, thank you

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★☆☆☆☆

“Don't bother!”

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 Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 27/10/2011

This gentleman called our technical helpline and mentioned Home Strip was not working at all. Five minutes into the conversation he said that it had taken some of the paint away and was not happy.

After going through what he had done regarding applying the product and the age of the metal towel rail we established that the towel rail had a factory plastic coating on there and Home Strip did in fact soften the areas that had been broken down over the years with wear and tear.

All paint removers on the market today will not remove plastics. We are very sorry to hear you had problems but did try to explain the reason why.

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★★★★★

“Great product. Have gone through two 4L containers...”

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 Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“Fake reviews?”

Written on: 14/06/2011

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 Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 27/10/2011

Reading all the comments and reviews on this website and can comment as follows.

Eco Solutions have never written any reviews on this website. Home Strip Paint and Varnish remover is a worthy replacement for proprietary brand paint removers that have caused health issues and even deaths over the past 30 years.

This product has been tested successfully on hundreds if not thousands of different coatings without any health risk to the user (product only). Yes there will be some negative responses to ours and other products out on the market place and removing coatings is never an exact science, and in most cases caused by not reading the instructions first, or if they have a particularly hard job to tackle.

The levels of dissatisfied customers are miniscule compared to the product we sell and the massive amount of positive feedback we get from satisfied customers.

We have the most hands on experience in the industry of over 40 years and have a technical helpline that customers can call to obtain help and advice.

Home Strip is also used widely in Industry because of its very safe reputation and yes there are other so-called safe products out on the market today since the DCM ban was introduced giving false claims.

We make no such false claims with Home Strip, in fact Home Strip was awarded a Millennium Products Award and we also have a CE Mark for use as a children’s toy!

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★☆☆☆☆

“Not good, tried removing paint couple of hours after...”

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 Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 27/10/2011

I am sorry to hear you had problems with using Home Strip and would comment that some paints do need a longer dwell time and if left overnight would need covering to prevent the produt from drying. Also covering the Home Strip will force it down through the layers of paint.

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“I bought this product as a low toxicity alternative to...”

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 had… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 01/12/2011

I know this was sometime ago, but I am sorry to hear that the product didnt work for you, but if it could come away with sellotape them im afraid a paint remover would shift it!

We spoke on the telephone as you called our customer careline and you also sent us some images if you can remember. The floor was covered in a scumble glaze which was the original thirties glaze and not the modern ones you can buy today.

Home Strip will remove this finish but it also needs hot water to help in removal of the original base coat which is milk paint. Milk paint is a very old paint which is a very difficult finish to remove. No matter what you try to remove it with we always find that although paint removers will work slowly to soften it, hot water aids the time and helps break it down quicker.

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“I read that this product was supposed to be the best...”

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 now… Read Full Review

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Andrewchivers's Comment

Written on: 01/12/2011

I am sorry to hear you had problems with stripping your sash windows. It sounds like it was working in only certain areas which suggest me that the coating is uneven, and you need to make sure you have a nice liberal coating over the whole area.

Also covering the painted areas helps force Home Strip down through multi-layered paint wiht only one application and if not covered the blistered paint will lift the product away and stop it working.

Any external paint you will find have been weathered by the sun and rain over the years and is much harder to remove that anything that is internal as it can get baked on by the sun.

Hope this is of help

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