How to Remove High-Temperature Paint

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Remove high-temperature paint with the appropriate solvent.
Remove high-temperature paint with the appropriate solvent. (Image: yellow paint image by Jennifer Griner from Fotolia.com)

High-temperature paint is a type of finish applied to surfaces that are susceptible to high levels of heat, such as ovens, automotive components and other metal surfaces. The paint is able to endure temperatures greater than 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the make, and is suitable for indoor and outdoor applications. Because it is so resilient, removing high-temperature paint requires a strong chemical solvent combined with proper tools to help strip it from a surface.

Things You'll Need

  • Respirator
  • Rubber gloves
  • Paint stripper
  • Rag
  • Putty knife
  • Steel-wool pad
  • Water
  • Cloth

Ventilate the work space if the painted surface is indoors. Put on a respirator and solvent-resistant gloves to avoid direct contact with any chemicals. Also ensure that you wear clothing that covers the majority of your skin in order to prevent alkaline burns.

Prepare the chemical paint stripper according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pour it into a clean rag and rub it thoroughly over the high-temperature paint. Certain solvents often are available in an aerosol application as well.

Allow the stripper to stand for the time indicated on the product label to let it dissolve the paint. Once it has softened, carefully scrape it with a putty knife until the majority has been lifted.

Treat the surface with a second application of paint stripper if necessary to further thin the coat. High-temperature paint is often applied in several coats, and certain chemical strippers tend to evaporate rather quickly. It is common for the product to dry out before taking full effect.

Wet the surface and scrub it lightly with a fine steel-wool pad to remove any stubborn traces of the high-temperature paint. Rinse the excess and follow up with a clean cloth to eliminate moisture to prevent rust on the metal surface.

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