Water-based industrial paint strippers have taken the risk out of stripping paint from metal.
Stripping paint from metal can pose challenges. Common metal paints such as Hammerite, powder coats, two-pack epoxy paints and two-pack water-based auto paints are tough and durable. They protect metal from extremes of weather day in, day out. Removing them is potentially time-consuming and demanding.
The nature of the metal can make the process of paint-stripping even more difficult. The metal is unlikely to be a flat, easily-managed shape. Metal objects are usually complex, with nooks and crannies. Even the paint on a common item such as a metal garden gate can prove hard to remove.
The Traditional Approach to Stripping Paint from Metal
The traditional response to these problems is to remove paint from metal with an industrial paint stripper. This is a powerful and hazardous product. It contains dichloromethane (DCM), also known as methylene chloride. DCM has links with respiratory problems and cancer.
The European Union has banned DCM from paint strippers available to the general public. The ban was effective from December 2010.
Despite this, DCM-based industrial paint strippers are still available for certain controlled uses. But generally speaking, you shouldn’t use such a paint remover even if you can obtain it. The DCM in it is simply too dangerous.
Water-Based Industrial Paint Strippers
Fortunately you have a safe and successful alternative to DCM paint removers: water-based industrial paint strippers. These have several advantages.
- They’re DCM-free, non-toxic and odourless. They’re safe for you to use and good for the environment.
- They’re non-flammable. When you’re working in an area where you have a risk of fire, a water-based paint stripper is not a potential hazard.
- They don’t evaporate. You won’t lose any of the solution once you open the container and when you apply it to metal.
- They consist of a thickened solution. This doesn’t run or drip when you apply it. You waste very little and complete the job quickly.
- You can apply the solution with a brush or spray. This way, you ensure you strip the paint from those difficult-to-reach areas you often find on metal objects.
- If you prefer, you don’t have to use a brush or spray. You can place your metal objects in a bath of the solution.
Safe and Cost-Effective
Water-based industrial paint strippers provide a safe and cost-effective way for stripping paint from metal. The solution works in 20 to 30 minutes. The exact time varies according to the type of paint, its thickness and the ambient temperature.
Once the time is up, you wipe or scrape the paint off. If you need to remove a further paint layer, you apply the stripper again. The effort is minimal and you can be confident of success.
Lucy Collins is an expert at paint removal. She has a lot of experience working with industrial paint stripper and is keen to share her tips about effectively and safely stripping paint from metal.