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Home Maintenance  /  December 19, 2016

Pro Tips to Remove Spray Paint from Metal

Spray paint is a common tool used in many DIY projects. It’s great for many reasons, but not so great for a couple of reasons. One of those reasons is that once the product is dry, it’s fairly difficult to remove. Additionally, spray paint can end up in places that it was not originally intended. In this example, our expert crew at Handyman Connection of Blue Ash has put together some pro tips to help you remove spray paint from metal without stripping it.

Metal is non-porous which means that it’s more difficult for substances and solutions, such as spray paint, to sink in and become permanent because porous materials have small holes that allow materials to sink in. However, it’s a bit of a challenge to successfully remove spray paint without damaging the metal underneath. The trick is to stay patient and work carefully.

Although there are many ways to tackle this, we’ll guide you step by step through how to use stripping gel to remove spray paint from metal. This is a great option, however there are many others such as chemical mixtures, compounds, wax removers, and more.

Step 1 – Prep Work Space

The preparation you’ll put into this project is slightly minor, but very important. Be sure to locate an open area such as a garage or even a bathtub or walk-in shower. Place the object you want to remove the spray paint from on a dirty rag or towel to protect the surface underneath.

In addition to prepping the workspace, and most importantly, prepare yourself. Put on protective gear including a long sleeve shirt, eye goggles, heavy-duty gloves, and a respirator so that you aren’t overwhelmed with fumes. Also make sure you review the instructions on the stripping gel after you purchased it from a local home improvement store here in Blue Ash.

Step 2 – Apply the Gel

Begin applying the gel using a paintbrush to the entire item that you are removing the spray paint from. Apply hefty coats when doing so to allow for adequate penetration. Again, follow the instructions very closely on the specific stripping gel you are using.

Step 3 – Finish

Let the gel sit for about 45 minutes after you’ve completely applied it. You’ll notice the gel bubbling up. This is a good sign as it is working to eat away the spray paint. Use a scraper to remove the gel very gently and slowly so as not to strip the metal. Sometimes a toothbrush comes in handy if the gel isn’t removing easily. Use a rag to wipe off any excess gel that may remain after you’ve scraped and/or brushed away the gel. And that should do it! Be sure to follow the proper instructions to discard the substance as well.

Doesn’t sound too difficult, right? It just takes some persistence and attention to detail. If you have questions about other ways to remove spray paint from metal or if you’d like to talk to a professional about your next home improvement project, give our expert craftsmen at Handyman Connection of Blue Ash a call.

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