It's OK, nothing great.
Posted January 7, 2014
I decided to try this after reading the reviews. My wife asked me to refinish an old table from her school library, varnish probably 1950's. It was OK, but not any better than many less expensive strippers I have used.
I am buying more!
Posted December 10, 2013
Fantastic product! About 40-years ago, my mother glued pictures of my father, brother and myself in our Navy uniforms to a wood plaque. She then covered the plaque/pictures with about 3/16” of a “clear” urethane coating. Over the years, that urethane coating turned a very dark yellowish-brown. Since this is the only picture I have of my father in his uniform, I wanted to clean off the coating without damaging the picture. I conducted several tests with different products and none would soften or made the urethane clearer. The ‘SOY-Gel’ test spot did get soft and with a plastic scraper, I was able to remove the urethane in layers. Now I have an almost perfect uncoated picture of my father in uniform. I found that applying the SOY-Gel in layers over a period worked best. I applied a layer, waited and then with a plastic scraper I removed the mixture of SOY-Gel and Urethane. I guess I could have kept using the mixture, but I decided to use fresh SOY-Gel with each application. My next project is to remove the several coats of finish and paint from a 1940’s sewing machine cabinet.
Recently had to refinish a kitchen...
Posted September 12, 2013
Recently had to refinish a kitchen table after 20 years of use. The Soy-Gel remover and it was fantasic! Extremely low odor and very easy to use. I did notice that the longer I left the product on the better the results (20-25 minutes vs. the 10-15 minutes the directions suggested). Don't know if this is typical but it did the trick for me. Would absolutely use this product again.
I enjoy refinishing furniture and love...
Posted August 16, 2013
I enjoy refinishing furniture and love finding pieces in second hand stores. I used the Soy Gel at the recommendation of the gentleman at my local Rockler's store. I am currently redoing a dresser that has some ornate woodwork and a waterfall on the front corners. The product completely removed all the paint stuck in these areas. I will agree it is a little messy, but I am pretty sure that is my fault and not the products. I love the fact that there are no horrid fumes and it is safe around my pets..the dog loves to help!!! I have recommended this to all my friends that need a remover and will use only this product from now on.
Prior to this I had always...
Posted July 28, 2013
Prior to this I had always used methylene chloride based strippers with great success but since they are off the market I gave the soy gel stripper a try. What a gooey mess! After letting it sit for several hours I tried to remove it. It left a gummy mess on the putty knife I was using. It wouldn't wipe off, just kept rolling from side to side. I tried acetone and lacquer thinner with no success. Finally, most of it came off with Scotch brite pads and water, but what a mess it left. Of course it raised the grain, which required sanding and there were still gobs of residue which clogged the sandpaper. I ended up using a cabinet scraper on flat surfaces and custom ground scrapers on contours. What I didn't use I gave away. Avoid this stripper - it does strip but leave a situation far, far worse than what you started with.