PeelAway 1 Paint Remover

  4.6/5.0   158 reviews

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  • A water-based, high-pH alkaline paste to be used with the enclosed cover
  • Removes up to 32 layers of older varnishes, water-based and lead-based paints in a single application
  • Suitable for use on wood, brick, stone, steel, iron, concrete, plaster cornices and plaster walls
Brand Barrettine
No. of coats 1-2
Coverage Up to 1 per litre
Drying time 12 hrs
Size 5kg, 15kg
MPN PEA1005, PEA1015
GTIN 5015861960504, 5015861960153

Peel Away 1 Paint Removal System comes as a complete kit including cover blankets, application spatula and neutraliser located inside the container:

  • 5kg (includes 4 x 1sqm of Blanket, spatula and 250ml neutraliser)
  • 15kg (includes 10 x 1sqm of Blanket, spatula and 1L neutraliser)
  • Additional Peelaway 1 Blankets or 1L neutralisers are available depending on the project

Please Note:This product should not be used to remove paint from veneers, plywoods or aluminium and may discolour certain hardwoods (such as oak and mahogany). The recommended alternative is the Peel Away 7 Paint Removal system.

Learn more about how to remove paint and varnish from wood in our blog.

Not sure what paint or varnish type you have? Try the PeelAway 1 and 7 Sample Twin Pack to find out which product you need.

Ensure that surfaces are free from dust, dirt and other contaminates so that the PeelAway paste has good contact and adhesion with the surface to be treated. Cover and protect any surfaces not intended to be stripped by Peel Away 1.

Check if the substrate / surface to be treated is resistant to high alkalinity. Composite materials, bound with natural adhesives and glue will be adversely affected by PEELAWAY 1 and should be avoided.

Always do a small test area to confirm performance and compatibility before starting any project and follow the manufacturer's instructions on the container at all times.

Test Area

Test patches are vital for this product. Mask off a small area and apply the paste at different thicknesses to determine which thickness is required to remove the layers of paint or varnish. Leave each test area for up to 12 hours and see how effective each has been. It is recommended that 3 test strips are done, 1mm, 2mm and 3mm, before starting the project to determine how much PeelAway 1 is required to be effective.


  1. Apply PeelAway 1 with the supplied spatula or a synthetic brush
  2. Then apply the PeelAway blanket (supplied) over the paste and rub gently to ensure good adhesion and to remove any air bubbles
  3. The blanket delays the drying process, thus allowing the paste to work more effectively and should be left at least over night or up to 48 hours depending upon the results of the test patches - the more layers of paint, the longer the peelaway paste should be left
  4. Once the paste has permeated all of the layers of paint, the blanket can be removed with the spatula or a scraper
  5. Peelaway 1 needs neutralising with the supplied neutraliser

Spray Application

  1. Peelaway 1 can be diluted with water for spray application through an airless spray system such as Wagner, Titan and Graco
  2. To thin the PeelAway for spraying, add between 10% and 15% water (maximum) and mix thoroughly to ensure that the water is evenly mixed with the product
  3. When spraying PeelAway Paint Remover, always wear protective overalls, goggles and a suitable face mask

Please Note: If surfaces have been painted again and again for many years, it may be necessary to use PeelAway 7 Paint Remover to deal with the more modern layers of paint first. These are usually paints and varnishes applied from around 1970 onwards. PeelAway 1 can then be used on the older coats from around 1970 and earlier.

Softwoods such as pine may darken slightly. Oak often turns black after being in contact with this product. Mahogany may turn a purple hue. Hardwood timbers such as fine Veneers, Hemlock and Douglas Fir may also darken after contact with Peelaway 1, which may be prohibitive when the natural wood appearance is desired. In these situations, the use of a conventional Paint and Varnish Remover may be more appropriate.

PeelAway 1 should not be used on gesso (a form of putty) mouldings sometimes used on apparently carved fireplace surrounds. This product will work slower under 5℃ and will not work if temperature falls below 0℃. PeelAway 1 will not remove some types of 2 pack epoxy coatings, baked enamels or cement based paints

Q. Which Peelaway product is best for my project?

A. We recommended buying the PeelAway 1 and 7 Sample Twin Pack. Not only will this tell you which Peelaway will work best for your specific project, you can also gauge how thick the product needs to be applied, to be effective against the amount of paint you have to remove.

158 customer reviews
Amazing by Ben Farthing

100 year old fireplace with many layers of paint that nothing else would touch this stuff took off with the first try. Gloss paint on line plaster walls. Nothing I found would remove it. This removed it with ease. Amazing product but don’t get it on your skin or it will strip that to

Reviewed 5kg on: 23/11/17
Worked really well on many layers of very old paint by Ford Buchanan

Worked really well getting several layers of paint off. The bottom layers probably had lead in them, so my preferred heat gun wasn't an option. But this took the bulk of it off with minimal residual left behind.

Reviewed 15kg on: 07/11/17
Worked well on old paint by R Groombridge

<span style="font-weight:bold;color:red;"> PENDING: As text has escaped characters </span> Pretty good stuff needs a fairly thick coat so don't be too stingy or you will need a second coat. Took two days to strip five or six layers of paint from 1930's Ogee gutter but result was very good also worked on the hardened putty in the joints. I had intended to refurbish and reuse but after stripping 6 six foot lengths ( that used up most of a 5 kg tub) I found the next lot was beyond repair. No fault of the stripper though it did it's job well!

Reviewed 5kg on: 03/11/17
Worked a treat by Tracy Jones

Although, it was a messy job, and did not peelaway, more a scrub away it worked wonders. Definitely invest in some coveralls and really good gloves and protective gear, as it is very caustic.

Reviewed 15kg on: 09/10/17
There's nothing better for stripping paint by Mrs Susan Rowe

Peelaway is the go-to for careful, thorough and professional paint-stripping. I use Peelaway 1 for stripping doors, doorframes, skirting etc. With the correct testing beforehand to judge what timing is required, It leaves the wood clean in one application. Nothing nicer than lifting years of paint in one go. Marvellous.

Reviewed 5kg on: 04/10/17
Good quality product by Alistair Mcgreevy

Found it to be a bit time consuming, but in the end it did the job on my stair parts. 50 years of paint removed to reveal a staircase made from Philippino mahogany so said the carpenter, so no more painting there.

Reviewed 5kg on: 30/09/17
Excellent by Nicola

A bit messy but a very effective product for tackling many many layers of old paint on the stairs, some layers containing lead. My best piece of advice is to do a spot test to find out exactly how long you need to leave the product on, as it is easiest to remove when the paint is is still wet. If left too long it can re-dry and is then a lot harder to remove.

Reviewed 15kg on: 19/09/17
This is the best paint stripper on the market by Mrs D Joseph

I have used it to remove many years of paint from banisters and from ornate cornicing outside our house. The removal process is messy but well worth the results. I found that if this stuff dries out it is harder to remove so I use lots of water and it practically washes off. Excellent product.

Reviewed 5kg on: 20/07/17
Best paint stripper we have used by Vicky Sherley-Price

Used this to remove paint from both cast iron and slate fireplaces in our home. Works better than any other product we have used for this job. Care needs to be taken around woodwork though as this product is very strong and eats into it if left too long and not neutralised. Great product, wish I had found it earlier as I could have saved myself lots of work.

Reviewed 5kg on: 08/07/17
Fantastic product-this works by Joanna Henderson

After getting into a sticky unsuccessful mess with other paint removers I decided to try Peelaway 1. It stripped around 5-6 layers of paint off my Victorian fireplace no problem. I did have to reapply in some places but it did the trick on even the stubborn paint. Please be ready with protective gloves, wire brush, sponges, newspaper etc! I'm already looking to strip the door frames so will be ordering more of this amazing stuff!

Reviewed 5kg on: 06/07/17
Great service, very fast delivery and this stuff is amazing! by Miss Susan Cann

Purchased to strip paint from an original ceiling rose and it worked brilliantly. I didn't use much of the tub so now I'm going to strip the door frames/skirts too which I previously wasn't going to touch as they have so many coats of paint I didn't want to tackle them.

Reviewed 5kg on: 04/07/17
Very easy to use by Maciej Mlynarczyk

Was very helpful and my work was easily with PeelAway 1. Definitely I will use this again.

Reviewed 15kg on: 02/07/17
REALLY DISAPPOINTING Despite following the instructions it did not work effectively by Howard Snow

I needed to strip paint from old sash windows, yes the paint was two hundred years old, but I followed the instructions, the video showed how to apply it, wait, and then pull the paper away with the paint leaving a clean surface ready to repaint. Even after two applications, old paint remained in the mouldings and flat surfaces, requiring work with a shave hook, and consequently leaving a rough and damaged surface. I would not recommend the product for this type of job. I feel 'dipping and stripping' is the answer.

Reviewed 5kg on: 27/06/17
A note from us...

Hello Mr Snow,

The Peelaway 1 can be a very effective product and is particularly suited for older paints. We have had occasional reports that a second treatment is required and we do recommend the Sample pack and test area to not only check the this is the right stripper for your project but also how long the poultice needs to be applied for to be effective.

If you have any question or there is anything further that we can help with please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many Thanks Samantha.

Does work eventually, but very messy and expensive! by Brian McA

Used this to strip old door frames. Had to put two coats on in the end. I spent more time scraping the resulting "goo" off than I would if I'd just used a heat gun in the first instance.

Reviewed 5kg on: 26/06/17
A note from us...

Hello Brian,

Thank you for the feedback for this product. We do always recommend a test area with these products and there is a sample pack available for this purpose. It allow you to see which stripper will work best for your project and how long you will need to leave it on for. Stripping can be a messy process, the Peelaway makes it easier particularly for intricate areas.

For more advice please feel free to call in a speak to one of our advisers.

Kind regards Samantha.

Best on the market by Ben Hawthorn

This stuff does a cracking job - gets all the paint off my cornice in 24 hours. I'm not going to lie, it's not a fun job to do. But after trying other brands, this is your best shot at restoration.

Reviewed 15kg on: 17/06/17
Really great for removing layers of paint by Kate Sprigings

The easiest way to remove a hundred years of paint

Reviewed 5kg on: 11/06/17
Good effective product by William Clark

Pretty good stripper- used on cornice and metal balustrades - needed 2 separate applications on balustrades, but no other way to do it in situ

Reviewed 5kg on: 09/06/17
Excellent and very effective by Alun J H Jones

Used for removing gloss paint from decorative brickwork in a Victorian church, Peelaway 1 exceeded all expectations and has enabled us to restore the brickwork to its original condition

Reviewed 5kg on: 04/06/17
I found PeelAway to be far more effective than paint strippers bought over the counter at major DIY outlets by Isabel Hull

I've used PeelAway1 on both stone and wood. In each case it worked very effectively; most paint was removed with one coat of PeelAway, and any residual paint was then removed easily with a second coat on selected areas.

Reviewed 15kg on: 24/05/17
Excellent product, does exactly what it says on the tin by A M Halton

Have used pealaway 1 numerous times, stripping cast iron fireplace on site and ornate newell posts. The stuff is amazing.Don't bother with nitromores or similar products. The removal is a bit messy but the end result is well worth it.

Reviewed 5kg on: 16/05/17