You've seen my hand-me-down dresser on the blog before. I painted it a few years ago so I could have a full matching set of bedroom furniture. Well now that I have replaced most of the old set, the only piece that doesn't match is the dresser. The piece is great, it just doesn't match. So I went about stripping it. I didn't think that I'd be able to do it while living in an apartment. Sanding it with a power sander is out of the question. It just kicks up too much sawdust and it gets all over everything. In addition to inhaling all that stuff. Next option is stripping it with a chemical stripper. Also out of the question because of the enclosed space and dog, or so I thought. I found a product while looking around online called Citristrip. It promises to strip off layers of paint without the bad smell, the toxic fumes, etc. I went to Home Depot and picked up a bottle of it, a pail, and a plastic scraper. I already had drop cloths and sponges to use.
The product is really easy to use. You just wipe a thick coat on and leave it. As you can see from the photos, the product bubbles as it removes your layers of paint. My dresser had a few layers of polyurethane, paint, and then the original covering on it (I'm not sure what it was).
The package says to leave it on for 20 minutes to 24 hours. I covered my piece and by the time I was finished covering, the first area I worked on was ready to be stripped. I didn't have to use any force, just push the product off the surface.
There was still a bit of reside left from the original finish that didn't come off, so I put another layer on those spots.