How to Apply an Automotive Paint Removal Solution

If you’re in need of automotive paint removal, there are a few steps to take in order to properly apply the solution. Paint removing solutions are generally toxic, so ensure your safety first. You don’t want to inhale vapors or make skin/eye contact with the solution. You will need to do a little preparation before getting things started.

Tools and Materials

  • Paint Removal Solution
  • Protective gear (long-sleeved shirt, long pants, goggles and gloves)
  • Garden hose or bucket or water
  • Brush, wet rag or sponge

Step 1: Preparation

If you’re dealing with body panels or smaller parts you will get the best results if you remove them prior to applying the paint removal solution. If you’re dealing with an immovable part, clean the surface of any dirt and debris.

Step 2: Applying Paint Removal

Using the brush, apply the solution evenly. Focus on corners or edges and make sure you get right in. If you’re dealing with a really small part that needs paint removal, you can submerge the part in a pan filled with solution. Different brands of removal solutions will have different times to produce results. Wait for at least  30 minutes.

Step 3: Enhance the Reaction

Use a plastic sheet to cover the area where you applied the solution. The plastic will keep the fumes from escaping, causing the reaction to heighten.

Step 4: Cleaning

Use the garden hose or bucket of water to clean off all of the automotive paint removal solution. Be very thorough by rinsing it several times. When the surface is dry, you can use sandpaper to get the best finish.