The Advantages of Stripping with Cooper's


Cooper’s is the logical method of restoring, one of the main features being that there is NO SANDING. This is achieved by the fact that underneath most finishes there already exists a sanded surface. Cooper’s have created a SYSTEM to remove the old finishes without damaging the original sanded surface, thereby foregoing the need to re SAND. 

Generally paint strippers can remove just what is on top of the wood and not the residue within the grain. Cooper’s removes the residue in the grain leaving the wood clean and the original sanded surface intact.


There are no harsh chemicals in the Cooper’s Preparation System to attack the wood so it is not bleached, nor is there any grain raising. The original sanded surface feels as smooth as it once did and is ready for finishing right away.


Stripping with Cooper’s is like reversing the paint drying process. As the paint collapses it turns semi liquid and can be wiped away. There is absolutely no dust and much less mess, a very important factor when removing lead based paints.

What can be stripped with Cooper's

The Cooper’s Preparation System can be used on almost every type of solid wood, wooden veneers and ply boards. You can also use it to strip paints off concrete, metals, glass and some plastics.

Inside your home use Cooper’s to remove your old finishes from:

  • Ceilings and Beams
  • Paneling and Architraves 
  • Windows
  • Doors and Surrounds
  • Floors
  • Furniture

Outside your home use Cooper’s to remove old unstable paint before repainting:

  • Weatherboards
  • Windows
  • Entrance ways and Porches
  • Concrete Steps

Cooper's strips:

  • Lead Paint
  • Enamel Paint
  • Acrylic Paint
  • 2 pack
  • Powder coat
  • Polyurethane 
  • Lacquer
  • Varnish
  • Shellac
  • Oil
  • Stain

Other applications:

  • Professional Restoration
  • Marine (Inside and Out)
  • Car Restoration
  • Industrial Plant and Machinery

Strip Tease - Cooper's Stripping Paint

Strip Tease - Cooper's Stripping Varnish


By Dave Hare, 
Coopers was started by Simon Cooper in the early 80’s. At that time, Simon was a cabinet maker with a boutique shop in Wellington making and restoring fine furniture. Disillusioned with the standard of current paint strippers and with a flair for chemistry, Simon set about making a stripper that was easy to use and actually worked.

I asked him what on earth possessed him to try and change the norm. “I was sick of how difficult it was to use the current strippers, and knew sanding was a complete waste of time,” Simon says. “Why sand when the person who made the item, sanded it in the first place? I was determined to make a product that was easy to use and made sanding obsolete.”

Simon is Kiwi-born and bred and as a dairy farmer’s son he was taught at a young age to work things out, rather than to accept things as they are.
At high school he developed a passion for working with wood and his love of fine furniture began. 

Once Simon developed his own stripper, the word got out and today, over 30 years later, Simon’s products and methods are now known as Cooper’s Strip Club; a complete DIY restoration system, family owned and operated, available throughout New Zealand and Australia.
Simon says Cooper’s is different to conventional strippers in so many ways. The main ones being that it will strip any finish from any surface, without the need for sanding, whether the finish is on the inside or outside of your home.
“I am very proud of it and the results it has achieved,” he says.
With Cooper’s having been used on well over 70,000 homes, Simon says anyone can easily strip anything covered in paint or varnish such as furniture, doors and mouldings, or even weatherboards and windows baked by the sun for over 100 years.
I also asked Simon about the current problems related to safe lead removal. Simon says. “Because there is no lead dust created through sanding, or lead vapour generated by heat guns, lead poisoning is no longer a concern”
I say, it sounds like it strips it all then!
“I wouldn’t have made it if it didn’t,” Simon says with a smile.