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Peel Away® 1 Heavy-Duty Paint Remover

Peel Away® 1 Heavy-Duty Paint Remover

Peel Away®1 Heavy-Duty Paint Remover is the #1 Choice of Professionals who perform historic restoration and lead paint abatement for over 35 years.  This environmentally safe paint removal system is formulated for lead-based coating systems prior to 1978.  The Peel Away®1 system includes Citri-Lize™ Neutralizer, pH Test Kit, Dumond® Laminated Paper, Alkaline Paste, Plastic Applicator and simplified instructions for all customer types.  Peel Away®1 is a cost-effective method for removing up to 30 coats of old oil-based lead paints in a single application providing the first coat is organic.  By keeping the lead paint in a wet state, no airborne lead dust is generated.  This water-based, zero VOC formulation does not contain methylene chloride.  Peel Away®1 Heavy-Duty Paint Remover is formulated without flammable solvents, no harmful odors or toxic fumes, making this product ideal for interior and exterior applications when removing paint from wood, brick, stone, metal, most plaster substrates and more.  Peel Away®1 Heavy-Duty Paint Remover is excellent for removing old coatings from intricate, carved or molded surfaces. 

Product Name Price Qty
Peel Away 1 Complete 1.25 Gal Paint Removal System (Citrilize, Paper, pH Test Kit)



Peel Away 1 Complete 5 Gallon Paint Removal System (Citrilize, Paper, pH Test Kit)



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Item No: 104-1005-G
UPC: 027691010051

Paint Remover For:   

  • Old Paint (30 years)
  • ›Lead Based Paint
  • ›Milk Paint
  • ›Oil Based Paint
  • ›NOT for Base of New Latex Paint

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GUIDE FOR USING PEEL AWAY 1 FOR THE REMOVAL OF LEAD BASED PAINT: The following are some recommended guidelines to follow in removing lead based paint with the PEEL- AWAY I product. Specific instructions that are contained with our product should be followed. The PEEL-AWAY I product has NO TOXIC FUMES AND NO FLAMMABLE SOLVENTS so minimum ventilation is required. Airborne lead sampling was done during a PEEL-AWAY abatement project by an outside environmental Company and the conclusion was & detectable exposure of workers to airborne lead was found while using PEEL-AWAY for removal of lead based paint. PREPARATORY WORK: It is often impossible to know the type or condition of the surface before paint is removed. Before a project is started it is important that a small test area be done typical of the surface to be stripped to ensure that the results will be satisfactory. This will also inform you of the thickness to apply the product and the time values for removing the product. Applying the product too thinly or unevenly or removing too quickly may result in more than one application thereby increasing your material cost. HAZARDOUS MATERIAL: The fact that you are removing lead based paint does not necessarily mean that you are dealing with hazardous material. The test patches that are done should be collected and sent to a local laboratory for a TCLP test to determine the lead level of the residue of the paint/paste. The PEEL-AWAY product contains lime which starts to stabilize the lead and there is a good chance that the test results will indicate less than 5ppm lead which means you are not dealing with hazardous material in terms of disposal. APPLICATION: The PEEL-AWAY product is usually applied between 1/8" to 1/4" thick, according to age and thickness of paint being removed (this is predetermined by tests) with either a trowel or specialized spray equipment. The paste is then covered with a fibrous laminated cloth printed polyethylene side facing out. Leave on for up to 24 hours or more according to test patch findings. NEUTRALIZATION: Failure to properly clean and neutralize the surface will result in an alkaline residue that may cause an unsightly white haze. Alkaline residue may also interfere with performance of clear sealers or future paint coatings. It is most important that all pertinent neutralization instructions that accompany the product be followed. HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS: Nitrile or latex gloves, taped to the sleeves shall be worn when applying the PEEL-AWAY product. Goggles should be worn. When using spray equipment particle dust masks and face shields along with a cotton/poly jumpsuit should be worn. Rubber suits for heavy duty wash down and cleanup. All other requirements that are in the specifications should be complied with. SUMMARY: The PEEL-AWAY System has two major advantages for removing lead based paint- (1) the paste is always keeping the paint in a wet or damp state preventing any lead particles getting into the air or on the surrounding area and (2) when the stripping job is finished and the cloth is removed the bulk of the paste and paint come off intact on the cloth for easy collection and proper disposal. CLEAN UP: Exterior Clean Up: For exterior work, hosing off the residue with water can help speed up the cleaning process and anything from a simple hose to a pressure jet or steam can be used. However, pressure should be kept low on woodwork and sensible precautions should be taken to protect plant life, etc. from splash back, especially those sensitive to alkalinity. Mist surface lightly with water spray. Then with a nylon bristle scrub brush agitate surface to loosen all residue. Thoroughly scrub surface being sure to get at all crevices, grooves, cracks, etc. PEEL AWAY® 1 is caustic, and requires neutralization before repainting. Rinse with Citri-Lize Neutralizer before applying new coating. Interior Clean Up: Interior cleaning can be accomplished with a spray bottle of water or pail with a sponge. Make sure surface is entirely clean of any paint/paste residue. Let dry for 24 hours before proceeding with neutralizing process for both interior and exterior surfaces. PEEL AWAY® 1 is caustic, and requires neutralization before repainting. Rinse with PEEL AWAY® Citri-Lize neutralizer before applying new coating.

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Peel Away® 1 Paint Removal My wife and I recently purchased the Peel Away® 1 Package from your website. After trying to chip and sand paint from our fireplace mantle we decided to try your product. After reading through the directions we decided on doing a test area. We applied the Peel Away® and placed the paper on top. We left it over night and in the morning checked it. WOW!! It took the paint right down to the wood. We can't wait to do the rest. Thank you PaintRemoval.com. - Steven W., California Peel Away 1 is the best stripper I have EVER used. I said I'd never strip anything again, and I have used Peel-Away on several projects over the past few years, most recently last week helping my daughter strip an old buffet. It's the greatest product and I've recommended it to a friend who's about to refinish a table.... Thanks for a wonderful product! ......I am one of your most grateful customers. No fumes, no burning splatters on arms and legs, and beautiful results! I stripped an antique newel post that was nearly black and it turned out great. Thanks again, Gaye J., Florida

Product Description & Use: Peel Away® 1 Heavy Duty Removal Kit is an environmentally responsible method for removing organic or lead based paint from most substrates. The Peel Away® 1 Heavy Duty Removal Kit includes paste remover, application tool, pH test kit, Dumond® Laminated Paper, and Citri-Lize™ neutralizer. After doing a proper test patch, Peel Away® 1 paste remover is spread or sprayed on the substrate being stripped. The Peel Away® 1 is then covered with the Dumond® Laminated Paper (printed side out) making sure all air pockets are smoothed out. Dumond® Laminated Paper is used to limit evaporation and is left on until all the paint or coating is emulsified by Peel Away® 1 paste. When removing it is critical that you do not rely on the tension between the paper and paste to pull away the paste/paint. Remove by sliding carefully a spatula or taping knife under the edges of paste easing both the paste and paper off together. The stripped substrate is then washed with clean water and once thoroughly dried, neutralized with Citri-Lize™ neutralizer included in the kit and then tested for pH.

Features & Benefits:

Formulated without methylene Chloride 

Does not generate hazardous fumes 

Non-toxic, non-carcinogenic, and non-flammable 

Zero VOC 

Controls lead-dust dispersal

Limitations: Not recommended for use on veneer, plywood, drywall, aluminum, brownstone, sandstone, limestone, fiberglass, glass laminates, Plexiglass, plastics, rubber and EIFS. Peel Away® 1 will darken hardwoods. Not recommended for the removal of epoxies, urethanes, chlorinated rubber, cementitious paints, baked finishes and other high-performance coatings. Always do a test patch prior to full removal.

Test Patch: Always perform a small inconspicuous test area on each type of substrate and paint coating prior to full application. Testing before beginning any project is the best way to ensure product effectiveness. Test patches can determine the proper dwell time and thickness to apply the product for you specific application. Failure to do a test patch can result in need for more than one application, increasing labor and material costs. 03/2014

Recommended Substrates: Before applying to the entire substrate always do a test patch. Recommended for use on wood, concrete, cement, stone, stucco, plaster, cast iron, steel, marble, terra cotta, granite, terrazzo, copper, tiles, enamel, clapboard and slate.

Regulatory Information: VOC compliance - Peel Away® 1 meets national, state and local regulations.

Preparation: Prepare surface by scraping or pressure washing to remove all loose or peeling coatings. Allow substrate to dry before applying Peel Away® 1. Protect and cover all areas, vegetation and surfaces not designated to be stripped including adjoining surfaces where overspray may travel. Solvent resistant polyethylene sheets can be used as an effective barrier. Wet down all vegetation and cover with Dumond® Catch-N-Cover™ or 6 mil solvent resistant polyethylene sheets.

Surface and Air Temperatures: To avoid product from freezing and reducing effectiveness do not use below 35° degrees Fahrenheit. For best results, use product in temperatures above 50° degrees Fahrenheit and below 90° degrees Fahrenheit. Product effectiveness is increased in warmer temperatures.

Application & Spread Rate: Dumond® Chemicals always recommends working in smaller manageable areas when striping unless you are working with a large number of people, only strip what you can rinse before the remover dries, usually a 4’ X 4’ area. Using a trowel apply paste according to test patch results. For 48 hour dwell time ¼ inch is recommended. When applying onto irregular surfaces use nylon brush to force paste into intricate areas. Cover all paste with Dumond® Laminated Paper while being careful to smooth out all air pockets. Product can dwell 12-48 hours if necessary. Peel Away® 1 provides an average spread rate of approximately 20 Sq. Ft. per gallon; results may vary based on substrate texture and porosity. 

Spray Application: Dumond® Chemicals recommends that Peel Away® 1 be sprayed with a large texture sprayer. Pump size should be at least ¾ gallon per min. All filters and manifolds should be removed prior to spraying. Hose size 25’ X 1”. Nozzle, trigger texture gun with a 10 fluid nozzle with medium disk. Use high fluid pressure and high pressure at the gun. Keep a clean bucket of water available, as an occasional flush of the pump may be necessary on hot days to alleviate clogs and the pumps inability to build up pressure. Do not leave Peel Away® 1 in sprayer or spray lines overnight. Flush sprayer and hose thoroughly each day and upon completion with warm water.

Removal & Clean Up: Remove by inserting trowel, spatula, or other paint scrapping tool underneath paste and lift Dumond® Laminated Paper while scrapping. After all paste has been removed use a nylon brush and clean water to scrub residue off the substrate, paying particular 03/2014 attention to crevices, grooves, and cracks. Rinse thoroughly with water to remove all remaining residue. For optimal results, low pressure washing is recommended for final rinse when working outside. Remember, only strip what you can rinse before the remover dries, usually a 4’ X 4’ area. Dispose of paper, paste remover and dissolved coatings according to federal, state and local regulations. For best results, wait at least 24-48 hours before neutralizing.

Waste Disposal: When lead-based paint coatings are being removed from a substrate, disposal of the resulting waste is regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many state and local agencies. Federal standards for classification, handling and disposal of potentially hazardous wastes are detailed in EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) of 1976. Additional, more stringent regulations may be imposed by state and local regulatory authorities.

Neutralization: Use Citri-Lize™ Neutralizer (included in kit) for neutralization process. Dumond® Chemicals recommends waiting 24-48 hours before neutralizing porous surfaces. Neutralizing is required when re-painting or re-staining after paint removal. Failure to properly clean and neutralize the surface as directed may result in alkaline residue that may cause hazing and/or subsequent coating failure. Citri-Lize™ Neutralizer can be applied at any point after paint removal, however is most effective when applied to a dry substrate. Follow directions for water ratio on the back of the Citri-Lize™ bag and use plastic sprayer to thoroughly coat entire substrate. Allow substrate to dry and test with PH test strips, repainting can occur when PH range is between 5 and 8 and the moisture content is below 12%.

Re-Painting Wooden Surfaces: For best results on wooden surfaces use a moisture meter before re-painting. Re-Painting can occur at readings of 12% moisture or below. Dumond® Chemicals recommends the use of a premium 100% acrylic stain blocking primer on all wooden surfaces to minimize moisture problems including peeling. Cedar, redwood and cypress woods have a tendency to bleed resin and/or tannic acids. Extra drying time may be required before painting these surfaces (up to as much as 60 days in some cases) otherwise staining may occur. If this occurs, spot prime those areas with an alkyd based stain killing primer. Ask your paint supplier for a premium primer that retards and seals in extractive bleeding and discoloration.

Best Practices:

Always test each type of surface and paint coating for efficacy, dwell times and thickness. Let the Peel Away® 1 dwell at least 12 hours before removing. 

Never apply Peel Away® 1 and leave it for 24-48 hours without checking on it 

If product dries or hardens to the surface, remove the Dumond® Laminated Paper and apply a thin coat of Peel Away® 1 on hardened area, reapply Dumond® Laminated Paper and wait 30 minutes to 1 hour and remove.

Use straight white vinegar as a substitute for Citri-Lize™ neutralizer 

Use butchers paper or freezer paper as a substitute for Dumond® Laminated Paper 

Wood bleach can be used on wooden surfaces (after Citri-Lize™ Neutralizer has been apply) to lighten substrate

Health & Safety Requirements: Not for internal consumption. While Peel Away™ is formulated to be safe for the user, surface and environment, proper safety procedures should be followed at all times when handling this product. Read the full label and MSDS for precautionary instructions before use. 24-Hour Emergency Information: 1-800-535-5053 North America or 1-325-323-3500 International

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