Using Citristrip

Using Citristrip

When I found this DIY travesty at the thrift store I knew I would be using Citristrip to fix this ill advised DIY.

Who would do this to a gorgeous vintage dish? I remember the DIY trend that precipitated this atrocity. DIYers were painting pressed glass from the Dollar Tree to make it look nicer than it was, but this beautiful dish didn’t need any help.

Before using citristrip

When I spotted it on the thrift store shelf I picked it up and said, “Why?” Then I set it back down on the shelf. I was in the middle of the 100 Projects 100 Days challenge and I had promised myself I would not buy any new project pieces.

I took two steps before going back to rescue it. I had to. This was breaking my heart and I had to fix it and give it a new home with someone who would love it.

I know it’s not a puppy, but I really do love vintage pieces. This cannot happen in my world.

Using Citristrip Is Easy

This is not my first time using Citristrip. It’s been a few years because everyone wants painted pieces these days, but I am familiar with the process.

Thankfully, Citristrip is safe to use indoors so I can use it in the She-shop without worrying about noxious odors. It does recommend you wear gloves and eye protection. I didn’t use either but I am recommending that you do. Don’t come after me if you fail to use these safety precautions.

Notice that I have also protected my work surface with plastic wrap.

tin can

You’ll want to use a can or a container that you can put the Citristrip into something wide enough for the brush you will be using.

chip brush

You’ll want to use a chip brush so you can throw it away when you’re done. You don’t want a brush you’re going to be painting with to have paint remover on it. Just trust me on this one.

cover with citristrip

For Citristrip to work you need a nice thick coat. Do not skimp. When your coat is too thin you run the risk of Citristrip drying on your project and you don’t want that at all.

let it sit

Let it sit on the project for at least 20 minutes. For multiple layers you might need to wait longer. Mine took about 30 minutes and then I saw the paint to start dripping down the side of of the bowl.

wipe it away

I used an old t-shirt that was destine for the trash to wipe away most of the finish.

still some left

Since this bowl was incredibly detailed with a textured finish there was still paint left behind.

stiff bristled brush

A stiff bristled brush removed the majority of what was left behind. It came off without much effort.

a pick for the stubborn bits

A dental pick was needed to tackle the stubborn pieces that were wedged in the pebbled surface.

Once I finished I rinsed the glass and washed it with dish soap.

after using citristrip

After using Citristrip the bowl is stunning! You can see why I called the ill fated DIY a crime. Look at how beautiful this bowl is. Just look at it.

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Are you looking for a new challenge? Try using tintable glaze on your next painting project to give it depth and dimension.

Many blessings to you!


Using Citristrip // paint stripper // strip paint // remove paint

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