Due to its light weight and ease to work with, fiberglass is a popular choice of material for all types of doors. While fiberglass has its plusses, it also comes with negatives, such as difficulty with paint removal. Conventional paint removal methods typically work on fiberglass, but they can also hurt the structural integrity of the fiberglass when used improperly. With the right materials and proper technique, paint can easily be removed from almost any fiberglass door.
Things You'll Need
- Paint stripper
- Putty knife
- Steel wool
- Rubbing alcohol
Rub a small section of the fiberglass door with fine grit sandpaper. If the paint turns powder and rubs off, do this for the entire door until it's paint-free. If the paint gets somewhat gummy, move on to the next step.
Apply a paint stripper to the entire door according to the directions on the paint stripper package. Let the stripper soak in just enough so the paint softens.
Scrape the paint off the door with a putty knife. Work quickly, but carefully to ensure you get the paint off in a timely manner. If the paint stripper sits for too long, it can eat through the fiberglass.
Remove paint in cracks or crevices along the edges with steel wool.
Dip the steel wool in a container of rubbing alcohol. Rub the entire surface of the fiberglass door with the saturated steel wool pad.
Wipe the door clean with a rag. Continue wiping until the rag no longer picks up paint.
Rinse the door with water to remove any possible leftover paint thinner. Let the door air dry for at least two hours before you work with it again.
Tips & Warnings
- The fiberglass may become thin if you sand too hard.
- Photo Credit Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images
How to Paint Previously Stained Fiberglass Doors
High-quality fiberglass doors offer the beauty of natural wood without any of its problems, such as cracking, rotting or warping. Available in...
How to Paint a Fiberglass Entry Door
Painting a fiberglass entry door is much like painting a wood door, without a need for sanding before paint is applied. Use...
How to Remove the Bottom Paint From Fiberglass Boat Hulls
Removing the bottom paint from a boat with a fiberglass hull needs to be undertaken at regular intervals dictated by the type...
How to Re-Stain a Fiberglass Door
Fiberglass doors are attractive. Even better, they require less maintenance and have fewer problems than steel or wood doors. However, they do...
How to Strip Paint Off of Fiberglass
Fiberglass is a material commonly used in a large variety of industries--you'll find it in auto body panels, surfboards, hockey sticks and...
How to Remove Paint From Wood Garage Doors
Exposure to rain, wind and sunlight causes paint on wooden garage doors to eventually require removal. Excessive moisture compels paint on exterior...
How to Remove Gel Stains on Fiberglass Doors
Gel stain is a thicker stain that is commonly used to stain vertical surfaces such as doors and walls. This is because...
Fiberglass Entry Door Refinishing
The finish on a fiberglass entry door will fade over time due to exposure to the sun and weather. The refinishing process...
The Best Way to Paint Fiberglass Doors
Painting your fiberglass door is no different than painting any other door, though the preparation is a bit different if the surface...