How to Remove Powder Coating From Metal

Updated February 21, 2017

The powder coating process is popular for its durability. The process bakes paint onto a metal surface, creating a chip-resistant finish. A few ways exist to remove powde rcoating from a part to keep the metal underneath in perfect condition. By removing the powder coating with this method, the underlaying metal will be untouched and damaged, but free of powder coat.

Place a plastic container large enough to submerge it in the stripper. Twist the end of the mechanics wire around a wood screw. Drill the screw into the centre of the wood block with the drill.

Set the wood block over the plastic tank so it straddles the sides and the wire hangs in the plastic bin. Cut the mechanics wire using the pliers so you have enough excess to wrap around the part you want to strip.

Put on the rubber gloves. Fill the plastic container with the stripper. Wrap the mechanics wire around the part you wish to strip using the pliers. Hang the wood across the container like you did in step 2 so the part is suspended in the stripper.

Watch the process to ensure the powder coating is stripped from the part. Lift the part out of the stripper and rinse it off using the hose.

Things You'll Need

  • Room temperature paint, E-coating and powder coating stripper
  • 4-foot, 2-by-4-inch piece of wood
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • Mechanics wire
  • Pliers
  • Plastic container
  • Hose
  • Rubber gloves
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Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.