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Home Maintenance  /  March 28, 2018

Removing Spray Paint From Metal

Spray paint is a simple and convenient way to give an item a makeover. If over time, you decide to change the color or finish of this item, you can easily remove its current paint. Handyman Connection® of Matthews, the trusted home maintenance expert, explains more:

Gather Your Materials

Paint varnish is usually enough to wear off the spray paint on small-to medium-sized metal pieces. Start by applying a generous amount of varnish on the surface and let it sit for at least 20 minutes. This will allow the varnish to start eating away at the paint. Be careful, though, as some soft metals can be affected by strong thinners, so it’s always a good idea to ask first if the remover you’re going to buy is safe to use on metal.

Remove the Paint

After the varnish settles, you can wipe down the metal with a coarse rag. The abrasion is usually enough to get rid of the paint. For the paint that you can’t remove with a rag, you can use a brush with bristles and gently scrape off the remaining paint. Make sure you avoid exposing the metal to water since the trace varnish can make it vulnerable to rusting. If rust spots do start forming, simply sand them off.

Consider Alternatives

The approach above will also work for larger metal surfaces but it will take too much time. Instead, we recommend using carnuba wax. It easily dissolves acrylic paint off the car’s surface without damaging the finish. Just make sure to wash off the wax residue when done, as this can cause paint flakes to stick on your car’s surface.

If you plan on updating the look of your metal items, why not schedule other home improvement projects as well? Handyman Connection of Matthews can offer you a wide range of services. Contact us today at (704) 255-5626 to learn more about our products and services. You can also get a free estimate.

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