The Strip Away Paint Removal System is designed for the complete removal of accumulated layers of paint in one application. The system comprises a ready mixed water-based thixotropic paste incorporating highly alkaline caustic soda that is spread or sprayed over a painted surface. A special laminated polyethylene and fibrous tissue cover is laid over the paste and left until all the paint is emulsified. The emulsified paint is then absorbed back into the paste as it dries on the cover. The cover is then removed complete with paint and paste and the stripped surface washed down. Strip Away and its residue are water soluble.