paint stripper from metal how to guide and FAQ

How to remove paint from metal

Posted by Connor Heaps on

Over time, paint can become cracked, dull, and begin to peel off. When the time comes to repaint your metal furniture, railings, or pipes, it can be hard to find the motivation to remove the old coating. 

Using an appropriate, high-quality, and trusted industrial paint stripper is the best way to remove paint from metal, as it will be more effective and easier to tackle the more stubborn areas of paint, so the task at hand doesn’t require a lot of elbow grease.

How to remove spray paint from metal

Spray paint can sometimes be tougher to remove than a hand-painted layer. This is due to its quick-drying nature that allows for many thin layers to build up, rather than a thick layer that can loosen over time. The application of spray paint also means it can cover the hard-to-reach areas. 

Using an aerosol paint stripper spray is ideal, as it can reach those areas that the spray paint did, such as in cracks and dents. Simply apply the paint remover in even strokes, wait 15 minutes, and use a hard brush or scraper to remove.

How to remove paint from metal railings

For railings, aerosols are also great as they provide a non-drip application, clinging to vertical surfaces and preventing the solution from spreading to unwanted areas. 

Spray over the railings, making sure the full diameter of each railing is covered. Wait until you can see the entire solution has had time to soak in and loosen, but don’t allow it to fully dry, then use a scraper or brush to take off the loosened paint. 

If you’re wondering how to remove paint from metal furniture, such as garden chairs and tables, the same method applies and you can repeat the process as many times as necessary to get all of the paint off, ready for repainting or leaving as is.

Make sure you store the paint remover aerosol in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place as well as out of the sun. Invert the can and spray for 2 seconds after use to prevent blockages. 

The paint stripper spray can be used on other surfaces such as wood, metal, and concrete. Take a look at our other articles to see how you can remove paint from a range of materials.


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