Powder Removal Using Paint Stripper



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Q. I was reading your page on powder removal and was wonder if a regular automotive paint stripper would do the job. Thanks. S. N.


A. Ok. Now I sense a conspiracy…I have definitely lost control of my column.

Common automotive strippers are applied cold (ambient) and depend upon their chemical composition to soften a coating for removal. This is a problem since most powder coatings are highly chemical resistant. This is why most applicators of powder coatings use hot chemical strippers, thermal oxidation (burn-off), or mechanical stripping methods (blasting, sanding, or grinding) to remove powder coatings.

I highly doubt that you can find an over-the-counter automotive paint stripper that can remove a powder coating. But who knows, maybe you can. 

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