How to to strip paint from metal

Removing paint from metal? It’s not easy, but if you have the patience for it, it’s doable. There are many ways to strip paint from metal—including safe and eco-friendly ways—but regardless of what your preferences are, here are some things to consider before tackling your next project.

Here in this guide, I will share the methods which I use for removing spray paint from metal surfaces, Newbies will get their answers.

stripping paint from metal surface

Most of them will be answered here in this post of mine. Newcomers often get confused when they think of removing paint from metal surfaces because they fear that they might mess up the surface while doing so.

Tools need to do this job

  • Drop cloths, plastic sheets, newspapers, or cardboard to protect surfaces
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Long sleeves for protection of clothes
  • Dust mask for preventing of inhaling bad chemicals
  • Hearing protection for protection when angle grinder
  • Knife
  • Paint scraper
  • Chip brushes with natural bristles
  • Disposable pan for paint remaining
  • Hard-bristled brush
  • Paint stripper
  • Clean rags
  • Mineral spirits for cleaning of the surface
Methods to remove spray paint from metal surfaces

Remove paint with a scraper

The scraper can be of great help. It has a plastic or metal blade that is somewhat similar to a putty knife. The scraper will get rid of the paint with just a little bit of effort on your part.

If you are working with a softer sort of metal like brass, choose the plastic handle over the metal one in order to avoid damaging or scratching the metal’s surface.

Scrapers come in several sizes and you should pick one that’s comfortable to hold and well suited for the job (a wider blade for flat and wide surfaces, as well as narrow blades, meant for small, hard-to-reach areas).

Using a heat gun to remove paint

To remove paint from a metal piece, start by reducing the heat setting and holding the gun about 4 inches from the object.

Slowly start at one end and apply light pressure on the trigger to direct heat to just underneath the surface of the paint.

If it doesn’t bubble, push down harder or try again with a higher temperature. If there’s no thick layer of paint, go ahead and scrape off any areas that did get heated up with a putty knife or scraper tool.

Once you’re finished and have given things time to cool back down, there also might be some additional residue left behind that’s easily removed with soap and water or any other cleaning products you prefer!

Using Angle Grinder to remove spray paint from metal

To remove the paint, there are two popular options. The first is to use a hammer and chisel which can be very noisy and dusty.

It’s always a good idea to wear earplugs and eye protection when using these kinds of tools. If your tile has other surface treatments like grout or an additional gloss layer over the paint, this procedure can ruin them too.

using grinder to remove spray paint from metal

The best thing to do is to attach a strip euro disk (you can get these from hardware stores that sell painting accessories) to the angle grinder and let the handheld machine do all of the hard work for you!

Use of baking soda to remove paint

An easy, at-home way to get rid of the paint on your metal furniture is by mixing water with some baking soda and heating it up on your stove. You can use a disposable pot or any other heat-resistant vessel.

For every quart of water, add 1/4 cup of baking soda and bring the water to a boil. Drop-in what you want to clean, cover it with water, and boil it for 15 minutes or so.

Be sure to wear heat-protective gloves while doing this! Now take out whatever it was you cleaned and scrape off any remaining paint with a heavy-duty brush or putty knife.

Using paint stripper

There are different types of paint strippers, including low-odor ones made from natural and biodegradable ingredients like soybeans – but the way to use them is pretty much the same.

Pour some paint stripper into a container. Dip a brush and apply it thickly onto your object. Let the chemical reaction with the paint start bubbling up (this can take anywhere between 30 minutes to overnight).

Use a rag or scraper to wipe off the excess paint, followed by some more if necessary. Always work in well-ventilated areas while wearing protective gear such as glasses only when necessary when dealing with chemicals you’re unfamiliar with – they don’t call them “hazardous” for nothing!

Tips for removing paint

Only use a Dremel with a twisted-steel brush and not the wire-bristled brush. Otherwise, you might leave scratches on the surface of your cabinet hardware due to uneven wire bristles which will, in turn, make them look old or dirty.

Old toothbrushes that you’re no longer using can prove to be beneficial when trying to reach corners and creases that are too hard to get to with a standard sponge.

Follow the paint stripper’s instructions! In some cases, you’ll likely feel pressured to speed up the working time with a chemical by getting rid of it quicker.

You shouldn’t do that because that could give way to mistakes and cause irreversible damage. It pays off to wait it out a little longer and diligently follow the number-based guidelines, especially when it comes down to peeling through layers upon layers of paint on metal.

After removing ALL of the paint and surface finish, wipe down the metal with a cloth and mineral spirits to get rid of all excess.


I would suggest removing paint with paint stripper and a putty knife. Some products that I’ve used that do a good job at this are:

The answer depends on the type of paint that you want to remove. The most common type of paint is oil-based paint. It is one of the most difficult kinds of paint to remove. Commonly used chemicals to remove it are mineral spirits, which are flammable, and acetone, which dries out skin. They also require scrubbing and brushing, so if the metal is large, it will take a long time. Here is one more chemical, a homemade one that is safe to use, but be very careful, it is a powerful acid! 1-part vinegar to 8 parts warm water. Spray on affected area, let sit for about an hour (the longer the better), and then scrub with a soft brush.

Yes, it can remove paint from metal. There are two ways to do it. First, get a spray bottle and put some vinegar in it. Give it a good shake and spray it onto the metal surface. Let the vinegar sit for a few minutes so that it has time to break down the paint. Then, take a sponge and wipe away the paint. It will take a bit of effort, but it is possible. The second way is to soak the metal in a vinegar solution first. Then, use a scrubber or scraper to get rid of the paint. This might be a bit more difficult, but it will be worth it once you see the metal shine. Note that any vinegar that is not water dilute, so you might have to dilute it yourself. The one with less concentration will take more time to break down the paint, and the one with more concentration will damage the metal further. So be careful and test them out.

There are huge number of paint stripper in market. But if you want a product which is cheap and efficient, then I will suggest you to go with the Citristrip. This product contains Citric acid which is derived from key lime, orange, lemon and grapefruit rind. You can easily find this stripper at local hardware stores and it will only cost you a few dollars. This stripper is very efficient in removing the paint of metal, wood and also on everything when you use it as directed. If you are looking for product which is inexpensive and highly efficient, then I will suggest you to go for the Citristrip.


Here it is peeps, the complete step-by-step guide to removing spray paint from metal surfaces with little or no effort at all.

The best way for newbies is to follow each and every step mentioned in this guide so that they don’t create any mess at all.

Feel free to comment on your queries, I will answer with my experience and will sure solve the problem which you are facing. Professionals should also share their tips if they have any other than what I have mentioned in my post.

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