Review: Sunnyside 2 Minute Remover Advanced

It seems the last couple of years the quality of chemical strippers for furniture has been disappointing. With sanding being too harsh for many pieces, the only dependable device I have to remove stains and paint is an old fashion disposable razor blade. 

Based on a recommendation, I decided to give 2 Minute Removed Advanced a try. I bought it at Ace Hardware for 17.99. It comes in a gel and states that it can strip up to 100 square feet. 

Items Used:

I will be stripping a coffee table top. The additional items I will be using are the following:

  • Nitrile disposable gloves
  • Putty knife
  • Steel wool
  • Wire brush
  • 2 inch chip brush
  • Mineral Spirits
  • Disposable razor blade

Step 1

Brush on the entire top using the 2 inch chip brush. Brush in one direction using  long strokes. (Not back and forth)

Step 2

Let the material sit on the surface for the appropriate time based on how the piece is finished. This top is covered with a polyurethane so the appropriate time is 5 minutes. 

Step 3

Using a putty knife carefully pushing at an angle scrape off the material. Again use long strokes going with the grain of the wood. On the curved edge I use a steel brush, steel wool would be another option to remove the residual material.

step 4

Clean the remaining residue with steel wool and mineral spirits. And let dry to see the results.


After about 2 minutes you could see where the old finish was bubbling up. I left it on for the recommended 5 minutes. Scraping was a little tough. The gel was beginning to dry and harden. You definitely do not want to let it sit longer than 5 minutes in open air. Cleaned up very nicely with mineral spirits. Reviewing the piece after the application, about 50% of the surface still had old finish on it. A second coat was necessary. After the second application a small amount of finish was left that was easily removed with a razor.

Prices and Working Times

There are a few options on price. We recommend using the Quart sized Gel (what we used) (prices may vary based on sells – as of 11/12/22):

  • Gallon Gel- $57.98
  • Gallon Liquid- $53.98
  • Quart Gel- $10.97
  • Quart Liquid- $13.98


Compared to the competition these results are better than average. The one aspect that stands out is the speed in which it works. Not only is the reaction time fast, but it cleans up very quickly. That being said you will do at least two applications, therefore the amount of coverage it claims to be able to strip cut that down to half. Despite this in a field of average products, its ease of use and clean up does give 2 Minute Remover Advanced a feature that slightly separates it from the competition.

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