How To Strip Paint and Stain

The following information will tell you how to strip paint or stain off of most any surface.  There are many different types of stripping solutions on the market that will do the job.  In this article I will explain how to use Ready Strip and Tuff Job stripper.

Materials Needed 

Stripping product, brush, putty knife or scraper, cleaning solution


Ready Strip

Ready Strip is a biodegradable, environmentally safe stripper.  It has very low odor, applies easily and is strong enough to strip up to seven layers of paint, stain or varnish.  The product is a green paste when applied.  When the stripping is complete, Ready Strip will change to a white color.  



  1.  Brush on Ready Strip with an old brush that you can throw away after use.  The product should be applied like cake frosting.  If it is spread too thin it may require multiple coats in order to strip the finish.
  2. Wait for Ready Strip to turn white.
  3. If the surface is flat, you can use a putty knife to remove the stripper.  The Ready Strip that is removed can be thrown in the trash.  If the surface is not flat, you can remove Ready Strip with a damp sponge or cloth.
  4. Once the product has been removed, wash down the object that was being stripped with a cleaning solution, such as TSP (tri-sodium phosphate).


Pros of using Ready Strip 

  • Low Odor
  • Biodegradable
  • No need for eye or skin protection unless you have sensitive skin
  • No need for ventilation
  • Water clean up


Cons of using Ready Strip

  • Not as fast as most other strippers
  • Does not remove as many layers in one application as most other strippers
  • Can only be brushed on


Tuff Job

Tuff Job is a flammable, water-soluble, paint remover.  It is capable of removing tough epoxies, polyurethanes and synthetic varnishes.  Tuff Job can be applied by a nylon bristle brush, spray, heavy nap roller, or can be poured on.  




  1. Apply Tuff Job on the object to be stripped.
  2. Wait for the stripper to remove the finish.  This could take anywhere from a few minutes to a half hour.
  3. Test a small spot to see if the finish has been removed.
  4. Remove the stripper.
  5. Clean the surface with water or a solvent.


Pros of using Tuff Job 

  • Fast-acting
  • Water soluble
  • Removes many layers in one application
  • Paste formulation clings to vertical and overhead surfaces
  • Multiple application options


Cons of using Tuff Job 

  • Toxic
  • User must wear chemical resistant clothing, gloves, eye protection, and a respirator
  • Ventilation is required

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