How to Strip Paint from Metal

Whether restoring antiques, refinishing ornamental iron or removing graffiti and other marks, stripping paint and other coatings from metal takes time and the right paint removal products.


What You'll Need to Strip Paint from Metal

Feel free to add or subtract from this list depending on the products you use, but here's a basic run-down of what the paint-stripping project should include:


  • Protective ground or surface cover
  • Masking tape
  • Paint scraper
  • Nylon scrubbing pad or scrub brush
  • Rags
  • Water
  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • The correct Dumond® paint remover


How to Strip Paint from Metal

Always follow the directions given with the paint stripper you choose. Here's what you should expect during the process:


  1. Protect yourself and the surface around the item you're stripping. Cover exposed skin, wear chemical resistant safety gloves and glasses, and prepare your work space with plastic drop cloths. You should also be working in a well-ventilated area.
  2. Apply chemical paint stripper to the metal surface with a brush or roller and allow it to dwell/set according to the test patch that you should have previously performed.
  3. Scrape off the emulsified paint and scrub it from hard-to-reach areas.
  4. Use a damp rag to wipe down the surface and remove any leftover paint residue.
  5. Thoroughly rinse the metal with water to remove all the stripper.


Once you have a newly-stripped surface, it's ready to repaint depending on what your project requires.


Dumond Chemicals carries a wide variety of safe, eco-friendly paint removal products that effectively strip paint from metal and other surfaces. Check out the line of Peel Away® and Smart Strip™ paint removers for your next project.

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