Which Product to Choose

Too many choices? We can help. And if you're still unsure, check out our sample projects to see real-life product applications.

Strippers and Removers

Klean-Strip Color Change Stripper

Formulated with the strength of KS-3 Premium Stripper, this product changes color when it's ready to strip so you'll know exactly what to do and when.

Klean-Strip KS-3 Premium

Thick, tough, and fast. This product clings well to vertical surfaces and works on paint, epoxy, and polyurethane. The thick, semi paste cuts through multiple layers of finish.

Klean-Strip Sprayable Stripper

Strong, fast, and washes away with water. Works on paint, epoxy, and polyurethane. And the sprayer makes it easy for hard-to-reach areas.

Klean-Strip Klean Kutter

The strong, fast-acting liquid, Klean Kutter works best for removing varnish, shellac, lacquer, and other clear finishes from wood. The liquid formula makes it great for getting into nooks and crannies. And it's more gentle on soft wood and antiques.

Klean-Strip Strip-X

This stripper works best on wood stains, polyurethane, varnish, shellac, and lacquer. And it's fast.

Klean-Strip Adhesive Remover

Use this to remove old hardened adhesive. It does a great job getting into nooks and crannies and clinging to vertical surfaces.

Solvents and thinners

Klean-Strip S-L-X Denatured Alcohol

Great for thinning shellac and cleaning tools, equipment, metal, and glass. It can also be used as fuel for marine stoves.

Klean-Strip Boiled Linseed Oil

A classic wood finish and natural protectant that is produced from the seed of the flax plant and processed so that it will dry faster than raw linseed oil. Boiled Linseed Oil protects and seals unfinished wood surfaces and produces a beautiful hand-rubbed finish on fine wood and antiques.

Klean-Strip Acetone

Thins adhesives, contact cement and fiberglass resins. Dries quickly. You can also use acetone to clean up after a fiberglass project.

Klean-Strip Turpentine

Used for thinning oil-based paint and stain, alkyd enamel, varnish, and linseed oil.

Klean-Strip Lacquer Thinner

Great for thinning lacquer and epoxies. Also cleans tools and equipment.

Klean-Strip Odorless Mineral Spirits

A premium, highly refined solvent formula which effectively thins and blends well into oil-based paint, stain and varnish. It is very low odor and dries with minimal residue, so it is an excellent cleaner for paint brushes, tools and equipment immediately after use.

Klean-Strip VM&P Naphtha

Great for cleaning tools and equipment, metal and glass. This product also does a good job thinning oil-based paint, alkyd enamel, and varnish.

Klean-Strip Paint Thinner

As its name suggests, paint thinner is great for thinning oil-based paint and stain, and varnish. It also does a great job cleaning tools and equipment, metal and glass.

Klean-Strip Kerosene

This product is refined to lower the sulfur content, improving air quality and extending wick life. This 1-K kerosene burns cleaner than 2-K kerosene. Klean-Strip Kerosene meets ASTM 1-K Specifications and is suitable for all kerosene-burning heaters, lamps and stoves.

Klean-Strip Klean Heat

This product is the perfect choice to use in place of K-1 kerosene in kerosene-burning appliances such as heaters, lamps and stoves. This premium fuel is safer and more convenient to store than kerosene. It contains less sulfur and aromatics so it has NO kerosene odor - before, during and after burning. The clear formula burns clean to extend the life of your wick and limit smoke, soot and emissions.

Klean-Strip KS-Pro Paint Thinner

This product effectively thins oil-based paint, stain and varnish. It can also be used to clean brushes and equipment immediately after use.


Questions to ask when choosing a remover


  • What is the surface? (wood, metal)
  • What type of finish can it be used on? Stain? Paint? Polyurethane?
  • How strong is it?
  • How fast does it work?
  • How thickly does it go on?
  • How long will it stay wet for?
  • Is it flammable?
  • Is it sprayable or brush-on?
  • Will it work well on vertical surfaces or in deep crevices?
Tip Box

Many windows and doors are finished in old paint compounds that may contain hazardous materials. Make sure you dispose of old stripper and finish in a metal container, and keep this in a well ventilated area. Check your federal, state and local guidelines for proper disposal.

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