A paint stripper makes light work of removing a range of paints because it breaks the bond between the paint and the surface. Therefore, rather than spending hours sanding the wood or metal surface, paint strippers can be applied in a matter of minutes and get to work straight away ready for removal (as shown in the image above).
It’s worth pointing out that due to stricter EU regulations that have been put in place, many paint strippers for both wood and metal are no longer as effective as they once were. This is because the main chemical used in most formulas (dichloromethane (DCM)) has been reduced due to safety concerns. However, on the plus side, this means that manufacturers have revisited their formulas to make them safer and more environmentally friendly.
To help you choose a suitable paint stripper, our hand-picked selection features top-performing formulas chosen through our first-hand experience stripping paint from wood and metal surfaces, testing and the latest research.
Our Top Picks At A Glance:
How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Paint Strippers
Removing paint from a range of substrates is a DIY task that we have plenty of experience with. From removing 50-year-old paint from an old metal gutter to multiple layers of skirting board paint, we’ve always had great success when using a quality paint stripper. Therefore, to rate the paint strippers within this article, we based our recommendations upon our experience over the years as well as plenty of testing of the latest formulas.
Below are some photos we took during our testing of the paint strippers. As you can see, we tested the formulas on both wood and metal and below you can see the results. Both of the examples below had multiple layers of thick paint but the paint strippers we used powered through the layers with ease.
As well as testing the paint strippers, we also based our recommendations on our experience, plenty of research and a number of factors. Some of the factors that we took into consideration included the effectiveness, ease of application, formulation, odour, compatible substrates and value for money.