Frequently Asked Questions

1What makes the product unique? How does it compare to competitors products and how long has it been on the market?
What makes it unique is that the product is a thick chemical paste that is applied to the surface and covered with a special laminated paper cover sheet supplied. This allows the product to be sealed in and emulsify the many layers of paint over a time period. The laminated paper cover is carefully removed with the paste and the many layers of paint. All of this is fully contained within the laminated paper sheet and can be carefully disposed of. Since it's inception and invention over 25 years ago, very few products can compare with this proven system.
2Is Peel Away 8 environmentally friendly and safe to use?
Firstly, there are no harsh solvents used in the product. The chemicals used are safe to handle and apply, although as with any chemical product it is always advisable to wear protective clothing. When dealing with higher contents of lead in older paints, the Peel Away product traps all the loose particles in the paste and fully contains the softened layers of paint as well. This ensures safe containment of the waste and complies with the environmental authority's law in registering lead waste. This also contributes to the reduction of lead particles going down our waterways during the washing process as all the paint is fully contained as lead waste. Any waste water can be treated when collected.
3Is Peel Away 1 environmentally friendly and safe to use?
This product is corrosive. It is required to wear protective clothing when handling at all times. Peel Away 1 requires Neutralising if you are repainting the surface. However Steel does not require neutralising.
4What are the different applications of the Peel Away products?
The product can be used in a number of industries and on many substrates and surfaces. It is suitable for commercial, domestic, industrial, automotive and marine. Applications include bricks, concrete, sandstone and render, softwoods and hardwoods, weatherboards, fine furniture, marble, steel, cast iron and aluminium, fibreglass, fibro cement and plaster.
5What impact does the product have on the construction site?
Application can be done in conjunction with many other trades around. As there are no harsh solvents, the laminated cover fully seals the process and protects the process, even in harsh weather conditions. For high content and peeling lead paints it is advisable to have this work done first and the site made safe for other trades.
6Can I do it myself?
Many larger commercial and heritage listed projects are completed using experienced contractors and other trades people. For projects of this kind, please call Peel Away for a list of recommended contractors. However Peel Away can be applied as a DIY project by following information data sheets that are supplied with the product. Instructions are comprehensive and easy to follow. When initially assessing a particular project, we always recommend performing a Trial patch with the Peel Away product. They are available at a low cost and will determine many of the factors involved with the Peel Away such as how thick to apply the product, how long to leave the product on for, how effective the product is and which Peel Away works the best.
7How do I decide which Peel Away to use for my project?
Peel Away 1 is capable of removing up to 30 layers of oil based paint and multiple layers of lead based and other enamel / oil based paints. Any paint applied before the 1970's will almost certainly contain lead. Peel Away 1 is caustic - a strong alkaline and is corrosive to the skin, so basic precautions such as wearing of protective clothing & gloves need to be taken. After using Peel Away 1 and if repainting or rendering, Peel Away Neutraliser needs to be applied to return the surface to a neutral pH level.

Peel Away 8 is a newer more user friendly product suitable for removing up to 12 layers of most types of paint. Surfaces do not need to be neutralised after using Peel Away 8. Peel Away 8 is not corrosive to the skin, although the use of gloves and other protective clothing is still recommended. Peel Away 8 is the best choice for removing the anti-fouling from fibreglass and other boats, also for removing newer acrylic and water based coatings.
8Where to buy

The Peel Away system is available through the below Paint and Hardware stores nationally. You can also buy Peel Away direct from this website. For information, technical evaluation, specification, applicator recommendation and guidance, please call Peel Away on 02 9746 6733.

Where To Buy

Peel Away - Unit 43, 11-21 Underwood Road, Homebush NSW 2140 - 02 9746 6733

Haymes Paint - 1800 033 431

Amazing Paints - 02 9833 2544

Booth & Taylor Hardware Annandale - 02 9552 2910

Inspiration Paints - 1300 368 325

Hardware & General - 02 8456 1266

Amazing Paints - 07 5500 0002

Haymes Paint - 1800 033 431


Haymes Paint - 30 The Parade Norwood S.A. 5067 - Tel: 08 8362 0602


Haymes Paint - 210 Murray St, HOBART TAS 7000 - 03 6231 9900

deGroot Painting Services - 0419 002 321

Haymes Paint - 1800 033 431


John's Building Supplies - 205 Star St, Welshpool WA 6106 - 08 9362 4744

9Peel Away Project List

Some of the past and recent Peel Away projects completed are listed below. If you wish to find out further information, please contact our offices on 02 9746 6733;


Sydney University

Powerhouse Museum

Balmoral Bathers Pavilion

Capital Square & Theatre Rocks

Trust Building Heritage & Domestic Projects

Balmain Court House

Westpac - York St, Sydney

Pharmacy Building Sydney University

Long Bay Jail

Newcastle Courthouse

Goulburn Correctional Centre

Science House

25 Public Schools

Sydney TAFE

Sydney Town Hall

Jones Bay Wharf

Redfern Town Hall Lands Title Building

Supreme Court Sydney Court Houses

North Sydney Courthouse

Walsh Bay Pier 8 & 9

Gary Owen Building - Rozelle Public Works Buildings

Cockatoo Island

Millennium Parklands

Our Lady Sacred Heart Church, Randwick

Mann Group, North Sydney

UWS, Rydalmere

Optus, North Ryde

Newtown Railway Station

Windsor Royal Hotel

Howe House

Caltex Refinery, Kurnell

Wentworth Park Sporting Complex

Hawkesbury Campus

Immigration Museum

Glebe Town Hall

Syd University Cranes, Smithfield

Argyle Place, Millers Point

Australia Street, Camperdown

M Central Building, Pyrmont

Tempe Bus Depot

Lancer Barracks

Crown Group, North Sydney

Victoria Barracks, Paddington

The Ultimo (Aaron’s Hotel Sydney)

Foly Bros Building - 230 Sussex St, Sydney

Sydney Opera House

Norma Parker Building, Parramatta

Croydon Station

Tempe Station

Kings Cross Station, Potts Point

Central Station, Sydney

Wynyard Station, Sydney


Brisbane Hospital


Dept of Transport (SA)

Mount Lofty Lighthouse

Stock Exchange


Herald Sun Building


Fremantle Town Hall - WA


Auckland Harbour Bridge

Arts Centre - Christchurch NZ

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