Picking metal - is that possible?

Wood that is covered with thick, old layers of paint or layers of paint can easily be removed. Whether this also applies to metals, and what you have to pay special attention, you can read in detail in this post.

Suitability of strippers

What works with wood is also possible for metals. However, one must make sure that there are different paint strippers for both materials, which should not be confused. Metals fundamentally have different requirements for paint strippers than wood.

Which stripper to use?

In addition, the selection of the stripper always depends on the type of paint layers available. This can be difficult to determine in individual cases, especially if many different layers of paint are stacked on top of each other, which is difficult to determine.

Basically you drive with solvent-based paint strippers best, they are suitable for most types of paint. By contrast, alkaline paint strippers are used above all for oil varnishes and alkyd resin varnishes.

protective gear

Always pay attention to suitable protective equipment. Goggles and gloves are required, a protective mask is strongly recommended. Always work in the open air or if very well ventilated, the vapors of many paint strippers can be dangerous.

Keep children as far away as possible from paint strippers, workpieces and the work process.

Stripping off metal - step by step

  • Stripping agent for metals and existing paint type (s)
  • water
  • spatula
  • Grinder and sandpaper

1. Apply a paint stripper

Apply the paint remover in sufficient thickness. As a rule, a minimum layer thickness of at least 1 mm is assumed, even in the case of thinner lacquer layers; in case of doubt also more. Stick to the given exposure time.

2. Remove paint layers

At the end of the reaction time, the stripper has become blistered, and its surface has become slightly solid. The paint must be easy to remove when you go with the spatula on the paint layers. Remove all paint layers that can be removed thoroughly. If there is more paint left that can not yet be removed, you will need to apply the paint stripper again.

3. Wash workpiece and regrind

If all paint layers have been removed as much as possible with the paint stripper, rinse the workpiece thoroughly with water and let it dry. Then sand again thoroughly, wearing a dust mask.

Tips & Tricks

Paint remover are very unhealthy chemicals - so wherever possible you should sand rather than pickle.

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