PeelAway 1 Paint Remover

  4.5/5.0 (119 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.

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 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 1972 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

119 customer reviews
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
Effective stripper by Michael Roberts

About the only effective stripper nanny allows us to use. I've tried other non methyl chloride strippers and I might has well have painted yoghurt on it.

Reviewed 5 KG on: 25/10/16
Good fast delivery by Chris Hare

we have found it works very well

Reviewed 15 KG on: 12/10/16
The best paint remover by Danaila Moore

I tried 2 different products in the process of our doors renovations. I used first Peel Away 1, it acts slowly, so I decided to try another product. That other product was a poison... I had to wear a mask, which didn't help a lot. Acted faster, but only on 1 layer, and was so messy... so I went back to Peel Away and great job! Just needed to be wait a bit longer, NO SMELL wich was blessing comparing to the 2nd I tried, still messy, but as much as the other one. I would recommend this paint stripper, and will band the other once as they seam health hazard...

Reviewed 5 KG on: 08/10/16
Excellent for the job of stripping paint applied to stonework many years ago by Jeremy P Oddie

Would recommend for stripping stone/ brickwork. Don't rush it and it will work well.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 29/09/16
Excellent way of removing paint from detailed cast iron fireplace by Victoria Hearsey

A friend recommended this product as I wished to strip the paint from a cast iron fireplace. Whilst it doesn't quite do the job for you it certainly makes it very much easier than a traditional paint stripper. You really do need to the do the test patches as described and be prepared to leave the product on for longer than 24 hours if required - I found 36 to 48 hours was required for about three layers of paint on cast iron. Use a scraper to remove the product that doesn't come off on the paper and then wire wool and a suitable material (iron wool, scourer or cloth, even a cotton bud) to clean up using white spirit. Depending on the material you are stripping you may be able to use water for the clean up but not on iron! Allow plenty of time for the project and you will be happy with this product but do not think you are going to smear it all over in 5 minutes and 24 hours later pull it all of bringing every scrap of paint with it. With patience you really will have great results.

Reviewed 5 KG on: 25/09/16
Product works brilliantly by Stephen P

Used to remove paint from old fireplace tiles. Does exactly what it says.

Reviewed 5 KG on: 22/09/16
Good quick service by Jim Thompson
Reviewed 15 KG on: 15/09/16
Really good for getting paint off brickwork by Katie Rivett

We had a large area of various types of paint to remove from a brick wall. We left it on for 48 hours, we scraped most of with a wallpaper scraper and blasted the rest with the pressure washer. The wall came up really well just used a wire brush to remove a few remnants. Would really recommend.

Reviewed 15 KG on: 11/09/16
Good product, however because of toxic protective breath equipment needs to beused by Mr Nazar
Reviewed 15 KG on: 04/09/16