How to Remove Spray Paint From Metal

The spray paint is used widely by people for different projects as it sticks to almost all surfaces. Though it is easy to use, there are some situations where the paint may spray into other objects.

Wherever it spills, the water alone is not enough for cleaning it from the surface or skin. If it is wet, water is enough to clean it but, as known that, how fast it dries so, it needs some other ingredients too to get cleaned. In oil-based paints, removing it using water becomes impossible because the binding agents are oil and alkyds that do not dissolve in water.

Ways To Remove Spray Paints From Metal

Since the metal is a non-porous surface, cleaning it becomes easy other than the concrete one. Either need to clean the paint from the tools or correct the mistakes made while designing the following methods can get used.

1. Removing In Easy Way

The process of removing the paint from any object may depend on its size. There are some precautionary methods to protect the cleaning person and other items from getting damaged. 

Items required are:

  • A large cooking pot that cannot get used after the cleaning process
  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Scraping Paint
  • Gloves
  • Paint Striper
  • Chip Brush
  • Mineral Spirits
  • A Lint-free Cloth Or an Old T-Shirt


  1. For small objects like tools or decoration pieces, use an old cooking pot and add about 3 mm thick layer amount of baking soda to the bottom. Fill the cooking pot half with water and place the object inside it.Turn on the burner and keep the flame on low that is simmer for about 30 minutes. Since baking soda is a harsh cleaner, when it gets exposed to heat, it slackens the paint and resurfaces from the objects made of metal.
  1. After 30 minutes of this process, take the object out from the cooking pot using tongs and wear gloves while taking it out. Lay that object on the flat, clean cloth and allow it to cool a little bit. Peel off the slackened paint from it using a paint scraper. Do not scrape it too strong since the surface may get scratched in the object. For the larger one, utilize the chemical stripper to clean the item. Make sure, whenever you use chemicals or apply them, wear your respiratory mask, gloves, and safety goggles. 
  1. Use the stiff-bristled brush to remove the slackened paint slowly after some time. Repeat the stripping process to clean the leftover paint in the object. After cleaning the complete paint, use the mineral spirits soaked clothe and clean the metal one. The spirits remove the remained blisters from the surface, getting rid of any strippers from it.
  1. For the spray paints present in the cars, use carnauba wax to clear. It dissolves the acrylic paint and cleans it without damaging the original one beneath. After removing the leftover one, clean the left-out wax as it may re-adhere as flakes. Rent a blasting rig for heavy machinery items like tractors or others. Use blasting soda or coarsely grounded walnut shells to prevent scratching of the metal. 
  1. If you by chance spilled some paint on the garage or dropped from the brush, use this solution to remove the stain, which produces an outstanding result. 

2. Using Chemical Removers

A chemical paint remover is the most uncomplicated option without damaging the original metal under the stain. For the little products, paint thinner or the liquid paint remover may get used, which loosens the paint and gets removed easily.

Remove the loose paint using the natural bristle brush for safety measures. Opt for a spray-on paint remover for the spherical objects or with thick or several angled items.

The process of applying using the spray-on remover will give you an even coating and the removal procedure much more feasible. You can purchase the professional one available at the hardware or the automotive shop. 

3. Removing With The Stripping Gel

While using the chemical stripping, wear the respirator, eye protector, and gloves. Using a paintbrush apply a thick coat of stripping gel on the strain which needs to get removed.

Rest the coating for about 30 minutes or the recommended time in the instruction manual to make the reaction. After 15 minutes, test a tiny portion for its working. When you the air bubble in the stained paint, time to remove the stain from the surface.

Use the plastic scraper to remove the bubbled paint from the surface. To dispose of it comfortably and avoid spilling, place the old spray in the plastic bag. To clean the enormous portion of the excess paints, use a waste cloth. 

Use an old toothbrush to clean the tiny areas or the rough portions. Continue this process until the complete stains get off using the cloth or the scrubbing toothbrush. Wipe the region with the cloth dipped with acetone. It removes the residue trace of the stripping gel or the portion of the stain left out. 

4. Using Dish Wash Soap Oil And Clay Cleansing Bar

Use a microfiber cloth to prevent scratching the underneath objects. The dish wash gel is a natural stain remover that uses three drops directly on the stained paint. Take the warm water, dip the microfiber rinsed off frequently to avoid the rubbed stain on the cleansed area.

Do not use nail polish remover, thinner, gasoline, or other rubbing components. These may damage the original paint of the object rather than remove the stain. If the dish wash oil is not working as required, use a trimmed clay cleansing soap piece to remove the stain.

Before using the cleansing bar, spray the portion with the clay lubricant available in the local store. If not available, use three to four drops of dish wash oil with a pint of lukewarm water. 

Cleanse the stain by gently rubbing the clay bar. You can spray more lubricant while rubbing the paint if required. After removing the spray paint, clean the region with a moist cloth to remove the excess stain and the gel. 

Liam Dare

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