I have used a number of paint strippers before but Diggers paint stripper plus would be the most useless. Regardless of whether is is industrial or domestic it should still do what it is suppose to do and that is strip paint and varnish. Well I have painted it on and waited and waited annnnnd waited. 1 hour on and the very thin peeling vanish is partially coming off (the other stripper I used 10 mins and all off) The acrylic paint is still the same no bubbling at all. Waste of money and time.
Product Confusion - industrial or domestic strength
Diggers make an industrial strength paint stripper and a domestic paint stripper. I wonder whether the one star reviews are indeed for the domestic formula because the concentration of the active ingredient in the industrial Diggers product (pictured) is identical to Polystrippa from Poly which some reviewers have praised as being excellent.
Diggers domestic formulation has ethylene glycol as the active ingredient while both Poly and Diggers industrial strength paint strippers contain methylene chloride as the active ingredient. Methylene chl...oride is a far superior active as far as stripping paint is concerned but it comes at a cost. It is significantly more toxic and its safe-use relies on consumers following the safety instructions on the label. A half face respirator with gas cartridge, gloves and eye protection; and, these products are not for indoor use. A number of deaths in the USA have been associated with products containing methylene chloride when used indoors. However without full information it is not possible to say whether the deceased followed the safety instructions or not. Nevertheless concern is such that the USEPA are considering banning methylene chloride in paint strippers; the EU have already done so. Check out the USEPA website for further info. Anyway back to Diggers, I recently used the Diggers domestic formulation to strip paint and stain from patio wooden chairs, it worked on paint and stain that was 1 to 2 layers thick but needed to be reapplied at least once and 3 times on the really stubborn areas - personal protective equipment is minimal with the domestic formula. I also used Poly's Polystrippa (containing methylene chloride) and it was superior requiring only one application but I found the half face respirator tedious to wear and sweaty. Decide for yourself which active ingredient you are most comfortable with using. Certainly more elbow grease is needed with the formulations that are free from methylene chloride.
Pathetic excuse for paint stripper!
Beyond disappointed with this product and will think twice before buying anything Diggers again! Failed to strip flakey old paint off a motorcycle frame, despite leaving it on for 48hrs and having to aggressively sand between coats
Waste of time and $$$$ using this product
Brought a can to remove varnish of a peice of walnut ready to do a oil finish.
Applied as per instructions also wrapped in glad wrap as to help the paint stripper work more effective.
End result the Diggers paint stripper was useless and did not remove the varnish even after several attempts.
Then purchased tin of Poly Stripper and worked ike a charm.
I should read the other reviews before purchase.
Purchased in November 2019.
Waste of time and money...just awful
I wish I had read the reviews here before I tried this stuff. It's a joke. (FYI: I bought the the 'PLUS' version.)
I applied a thick layer to a wooden cabinet that had some old varnish/stain on it. I left it for several hours and it had barely even softened the coating into a thick gunk that didn't scrape off well at all. I think I would have to do it about 3 more times, and wait maybe 6 hours between each attempt to finally finish the job. I will be taking this back to Bunnings to get my money back - something I have rarely had to do. But this stuff is just completely 'unfit for purpose.' Don't make the same mistake I did.
Purchased in August 2019 for A$23.00.
Don't waste your resources.
Looked for an effective paint stripper to remove stain from timber. Understood that it would require patience and multiple attempts depending on the amount of coats of stain applied.
Have purchased other diggers products so thought it would be the way to go! All I can say is don't waste your time or money. I ended up having to sand over the paint stripper which took just as much time as it would have if I hadn't elected to use a stripper - Find other products.
Purchased in July 2019.
This isn't the paint stripper you are looking for.
It doesn't really work. Applied it generously and waited a few hours. Still needed a lot of elbow grease: scrapers, steel wool, and finally sanding to get a small patch 1sqm of thinly applied paint off a deck that we couldn't reach with a drum sander.
Eventually gave up and decided it's a shabby chic deck ;)
So yes if you are looking at a shabby chic project this is the stuff for you!! But if looking to strip paint look elsewhere.
Purchased in April 2019.
I can't believe how ineffectual this stripper is. At best the gel becomes slightly coloured with the paint, that it. Other I have used (in the UK) so not sure what to buy here blistered the paint within seconds. Got it yesterday and will return it to Bunnings today. Total rubbish product.
Purchased in April 2019.
Rubbish for stripping metal!
Same experience as Kynan. Used diggers paint stripper to remove peeling paint from metal gate. Left for nearly 45 minutes and hardly anything. barely affected the paint. Went and picked up the septones paint stripper from SCA and viola, blistering within a minute and came off easily. no comparison. if you need to strip paint from metal, this isnt the product for you.
Totally useless product. Left on for 45 minutes and paint still hadn't bubbled or even looked like paint was going to come off. Took it back and got a refund. Was told "it needs to stay on for 24hrs to work".
Dont waste your time and money purchasing this product. I purchased Septone paint remover and it took paint off within 30 seconds.
There must be a better way
Very slow working and needs to be reapplied time and time again. Doesn't penetrate very well and at best softens it a little after the third or fourth time leaving a lot to be sanded off. There must be better products available that actually work.
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