How to Remove Non-Chlorinated Rubber Paint

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A metal paint scraper is an invaluable tool for removing paint.
A metal paint scraper is an invaluable tool for removing paint. (Image: paint supplies 2 image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com)

Removing paint isn't the easiest thing to do, and many people opt to paint over an old coat of paint rather than remove it. But to see the surface below the paint or to put a fresh, even coat of new paint onto the surface, it is necessary to remove the old paint first. Removing non-chlorinated rubber paint is a multi-step process, in which it is important to pay attention to detail.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Metal paint scraper
  • Paint remover
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Mild detergent (such as dish soap)
  • Paint brush

Scrape the surface of the paint with the metal paint scraper.

Apply the paint remover with the paint brush in even strokes, coating the surface.

Allow the solvent to sit on the painted surface for 30 minutes.

Scrape the surface again with the metal paint scraper.

Fill the bucket with 4 cups of water.

Add 2 tsp. of mild detergent to the water.

Stir the water and detergent until they are mixed together, and a layer of bubbles forms on the surface of the liquid.

Wash the surface that was previously painted with a rag saturated in the soapy water.

Allow the surface to air dry, once all traces of the paint remover have been washed off.

Tips & Warnings

  • For smaller surface areas, you can use sandpaper to buff off the rubber paint instead of paint remover.
  • Paint remover is toxic and should be kept away from your face. Use it in a well-ventilated area, and keep it out of the reach of children.

References

  • "Getting Rid of Graffiti"; M.J. Whitford; 1990
  • "Restoring a House in the City"; Ingrid Abramovitch; 2009
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