Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does Smart Strip™ work on different surfaces?
A. YES! Smart Strip™ works well on just about any surface. It is the true multi-purpose paint remover. Use Smart Strip™ on almost any interior or exterior surface that needs paint stripping. There is nothing like Smart Strip™ and we strongly believe Smart Strip™ is the most versatile paint remover available. Use Smart Strip™ on all sorts of wood, concrete, brick, stone, metal, steel, iron plaster, fiberglass, etc.
Q. What kind of paints should I use with Smart Strip™ ?
A. Smart Strip™ is an extremely versatile paint removal product and can be used with Acrylic Paints, Latex Paints, Oil Based Paints, Shellacs, and Stains, Urethanes and Water Based Paints.
Q. Does Smart Strip™ contain any caustic chemicals?
A. ABSOLUTELY NOT! Smart Strip™ does not contain harmful methylene chloride, dangerous caustics or toxic chemicals. Smart Strip™ Paint Remover Will Not Burn Hands. Smart Strip™ Paint Stripper is a water-based formula that effectively removes multiple layers of all sorts of paints and coatings in one single application. It is 100% biodegradable and safe.
Q. How quick does Smart Strip™ work?
A. Smart Strip™ Paint Remover will remove up to 15 coats of stubborn paint in one single application in most instances. Smart Strip™ begins to work in minutes after applying.
Q. Should I do test patches before I start to use Smart Strip™?
A. You should always do a test patch on each type of surface and paint coating prior to full application. This process will help you determine the optimum thickness of Smart Strip™ and determine the best dwell time for your particular job.
Q. Does Smart Strip™ require the use of the Peel Away paper?
A. NO. Smart Strip™ does not require the use of the Peel Away Paper. However, the Peel Away™ Paper will accelerate the paint removal process and make clean up easier. The Peel Away™ Paper is a terrific accessory for quick and effective paint removal. SPECIAL: The Peel Away Paper ™ can be purchased separately from PaintRemover.com with no additional shipping costs.
Q. Is Smart Strip™ safe for the environment?
A. Smart Strip™ Paint Remover is one of the best biodegradable paint stripping products available. We believe there is no better paint remover for the environment than Smart Strip™ which is water based, odor free and 100% Biodegradable.
Q. Does Smart Strip™ work well to remove lead based paint?
A. Better to use Peel Away 1 or Lead Stop to eliminate the dangers of lead from your children.
Q. Does Smart Strip™ work on detailed intricate surfaces?
A. YES, Smart Strip™ Paint Remover can be used on intricate detailed and carved surfaces. However, for really tough jobs we suggest you consider Peel Away™1, which we believe, is the finest paint remover for the most detailed intricate surfaces.
Q. Does Smart Strip™ remove paint from dry wall?
A. Yes, Smart Strip™ Paint Remover will remove paint from dry wall. However, it is a difficult process. We suggest you begin by doing a "test patch" to determine the proper time Smart Strip™ should stay on the dry wall to be stripped. We have found that the dwell time is usually less than two hours but this will vary with the type of paint, number of coats of paint, type of drywall and the length of time the drywall has been painted. You should not leave Smart Strip™ too long on the dry wall so as to avoid removing the paper portion of the dry wall. It is important to go slowly and if necessary re-apply Smart Strip™. Patience is a virtue, but you will be amazed with the positive results.
Q. Does Smart Strip™ work well to remove paint from furniture?
A. We believe Smart Strip™ is one of the FINEST FURNITURE PAINT REMOVERS for both new furniture and antiques. Smart Strip™ removes furniture paint, varnishes and stains and works effectively on all types of wood (including oak, mahogany, walnut, cherry etc). However, if you have furniture that you want to “keep the natural color” after stripping we recommend Peel Away 7™ --- there is nothing better for this particular purpose.
Q. Does Smart Strip™ work well to remove paint from boats?
A. Smart Strip™ is a top paint remover for marine coatings. Smart Strip™ will not damage the gel coat. However, for really tough marine paints with over 10 coats of paint we suggest you use Peel Away® Marine Safety Strip Paint Remover which has been specifically formulated for tough marine paints and coatings.
Q. Is it easy to apply Smart Strip™ Paint Remover?
A. Smart Strip™ Paint Remover is easily applied by brush, roller, or conventional airless sprayers. It is also available in handy-to-use aerosol spray cans. Smart Strip™ adheres to most vertical and overhanging surfaces.
Q. What is the length of time Smart Strip™ needs to stay on the surface?
A. The length of time is called “dwell time.” It will vary depending on the type of paint, layers of paint, years of application and the temperature of the surface to be stripped. The manufacturer suggests that you allow the Smart Strip™ paste to dwell overnight or even longer. Then remove the softened paint using a standard scraper or power washer. Rinse the surface with water or denatured alcohol to remove any remaining residue and allow the surface to dry thoroughly before repainting.
Q. Are there any temperature constraints using Smart Strip™ ?
A. For optimum results, the manufacturer suggests the surface temperatures should be between 60 degrees Fahrenheit and 95 Fahrenheit.
Q. Does Smart Strip™ work on brick, concrete and stone?
A. YES. Smart Strip™ is very effective on tough surfaces like brick, stone, pavers, marble, concrete, limestone etc.