PeelAway 1 Paint Remover

  4.5/5.0 (128 reviews)
1 coat = Usually sufficient
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2 coats = Sometimes necessary
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Wood type and application method can vary coverage.

  • 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 5 KG, 15 KG
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

128 customer reviews
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 5 KG on: 16/05/17
Brilliant stuff by B Visrolia

This is the best stuff I bought which solved all my problems in removing 7 coats of paints. Thanking you for your quick service.

Reviewed 5 KG on: 15/05/17
Very good, would recommend the tester pots first Left on for longer than the 48 hours, which was more effective by Michael Tong

As above, a very good product and appears competitive in price to other paint strippers.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 13/05/17
Works well but not enough coverage for the price by Mr Alan Craig
Reviewed 15 KG on: 08/05/17
The best paint stripper on the market IMHO by Chris Beynon

Now that Ronstrip is no longer available, this is the best paint stripping product I have come across and I have used it to take back 70 years worth of paint back to bare wood on all of the picture rails, door frames and skirting boards. It is vicious stuff if you get it on your skin so gloves are a must.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 28/04/17
The best I've found by Peter Malone

Used to remove layers of old paint (probably lead based) from Bath stone in an interior. It got 99% of it off (Bath stone is porous) and nearly all the rest came off with scrubbing. It adheres better than the same product I had from twenty years ago; an important consideration when applying to vertical surfaces.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 24/04/17
Very effective by Tobias Wardrop

I used this in my Victorian house to strip skirting, architrave, plaster ceiling roses, cornices and coving all of which understandably had a huge amount of paint build up from over the years. It really does do the job but is not for the faint hearted as it's incredibly messy and quite time consuming, but worth it afterwards. After using a few test patches I left most of my jobs for 72 hours before peeling them away which worked well. I found that using old shower curtains and large cardboard boxes that were broken down flat worked well for protecting the floor area when stripping it off as it is very messy.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 16/04/17
Wauw by Ingrid Tichem

super product for stripping lead based paint. I will still have to sand it smooth but this is probably due to inexperience with jobs like these. I was really scared of starting my stair project but PeelAway 1 has made it easy. I absolutely recommend this product.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 10/04/17
Best product ever by Mrs K.Georgieva

This is the most amazing paint remover ever made. I've managed to remove at least 20 layers of paint with it. My stair case,fire place and front door looks amazing. Thank you I will definitely recommend the product

Reviewed 15 KG on: 08/04/17
Good product does as described by Neil Forrest
Reviewed 5 KG on: 22/03/17
Found it good but patchy taking a lot longer than expected by Sharon Roe C/o Radcliffe

never stripped off complete clean walls left patches that had to go over again, very time consuming, need to do large test patches first .

Reviewed 15 KG on: 19/03/17
A note from us...

Hello Sharon,

Many thanks for taking the time to review this item, we have had some feedback in the past that some stubborn paints have required two treatments with the Peelaway stripper. And while it is one of the most effective strippers on the market, it is inevitable with the vast number of paints and varnishes on the available, that a few will be harder to remove than others.

I hope that you were able to complete your project effectively and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards Samantha.

All staff are very helpful and will do there best to give you all the right answers by Nicola Liddell


Reviewed 15 KG on: 25/02/17
Very Impressive by Daniel Hughes

This product is fantastic, stripped layers of paint of door frame and window frame with a breeze!

Reviewed 15 KG on: 17/02/17
Good quality product that removed 10 layers of paint in my Victorian house effortlessly by Dean Walton

I have experimented with a number of products when stripping painted Victorian wooden door frames and this one came out top. The paste is easy to apply, cover with the blankets and leave for as long as necessary. When removing it couldn't be easier - use a scraper to assist when necessary and the paste and paint lifts effortlessly off the surface of the wood leaving little behind or just as importantly mess - and my old lead paints have been safely removed too. The instructions do say to experiment first to get the right depth and length of application plus its effectiveness varies depending on the actual paint to be removed. Highly recommended.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 09/02/17
Positive experience on the whole by Winifred Tabony

This product is very impressive. It did indeed strip old paint back to the wood. Removal was messy as it was still wet and did not all stick to the paper even after 2 days. The other problem was that the weight of the product caused it to partly slide off vertical surfaces before I had time to cover it with the paper. I hope next time to do better.

Reviewed 5 KG on: 11/01/17
Worked very well,easy to apply,much less work than other paint stripping methods I have tried by Jamie Inglis

Used on 6-8 layers of paint from brown lead paint below to gloss on top.Applied Pealaway 1,then put the paper on top, left overnight.The stripping next morning was straightforward, the paper came away with all the layers of paint attached with hardly a scraper needed! Including the old lead paint, cleaning up with wire wool a bowl of water and a sponge and some lovely oak revealed. Gloves and safety glasses needed as peelaway 1 is very alkaline.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 29/12/16
This is a good paint stripper but if you use it on timber remove it after a few days by Roger Bisby

I have used Peel-Away before on plaster cornice and it works well but I used it on newel posts and left it too long before removing it. It dried the wood out and caused some splits to open up. I am now feeding the wood with oil.

Reviewed 5 KG on: 20/12/16
Easy to use and very effective by Pat Morrissey

Easy to apply to vertical, uneven surfaces. Patience is needed if removing multiple layers of paint, but if left for days, it is highly effective. Don't be mean with application depth either, as this helps with the multiple coat removal also.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 07/12/16
Easy to use by Lainee Wilson

Does what is says on the tin if used properly, brilliant product will buy again if required

Reviewed 5 KG on: 28/11/16
Ticketty boo by Chris Cheal
Reviewed 15 KG on: 10/11/16