4 Things Know About How to Remove Paint From Plastic

How to remove paint from plastic: I need to remove this pain off my car’s plastic bumper, but don’t want to damage the paint underneath it.  What can I use to safely remove the paint from the plastic?

Read These 4 Steps on How to Remove Paint from Plastic

1.  Sandpaper

When removing paint from hard plastic,  you’ll want to start with 180-grit sandpaper.  Move up to 220 if you still see paint.  The finer sandpaper will take more time, but it’s worth a bit of elbow grease for plastic that looks new once again.  Here are step-by-step instructions on how to remove paint from plastic using sandpaper.  First, make sure your vehicle is parked in well-ventilated area and that any oil or other lubricants have been cleaned away.  Then follow these steps:

#1.  Use fine sandpaper and lightly scour each area where there is paint to be removed

#2.  Wipe clean

#3.  Inspect under a bright light

#4.  Repeat until all painted areas have been stripped down to clean plastic.  And keep in mind-an old toothbrush can help gently get into tight spaces like emblems to remove paint left behind by an errant touch-up pen.  But don’t use anything abrasive-there’s no need to scrape off additional layers of plastic!

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2.  Soaking

When you’re trying to remove paint from a plastic, soaking is one of your best best. If you can let it sit in some warm water for a while, there’s a good chance that it will come off on its own.  The sooner you start, though, and the longer you leave it sitting in water,  the better your chances are at removing paint without damaging your item.  You may want to experiment with various liquids as well;  vinegar and baking soda both have similar effects and might be worth a try if soap doesn’t work for you.

3.  Chemical Removers

Removing paint from plastic is a difficult task, but there are some chemicals that can help.  While commercial products like Magic Eraser can remove paint, they can also damage other surfaces in your home.  If you’re looking for an alternative, try using sodium hydroxide (also known as lye)  or muriatic acid. These substances are less abrasive than Magic Eraser and won’t ruin other surfaces.  You can use them straight from their containers, just remember that both have warming labels to be careful when handling them. Mix one part of either chemical with 10 parts of water;  then apply it to your plastic surface with something like a sponge or cloth.  Rinse off after 15 minutes and check progress;  repeat until all of the paint has been removed. 

How To Remove Spray Paint From Plastic With 5 Steps

  1. Get rid of excess paint by scooping it out with a flat-bladed shovel.
  2. Mix 4 tablespoons (1/4) ammonia with 1 gallon of warm water, and soak a clean rag in it; lay one end of the rag over a hole in an old washbasin so you can use both hands to work with your spray-paint-splattered plastic. 
  3. Spray liberally on both sides of whatever needs cleaning; wait five minutes before wiping off all that yellow brown goo.
  4. Wipe one more time with clear water to remove any residue, then rinse under running water for about 10 minutes before drying with a towel-and bask in your genius! 
  5. Repeat as necessary until all unwanted paint is removed.  If some studbborn pigment remains, try scrubbing with a pumice stone or fine steel wool.  Remember:  Ammonia has a strong smell but rinses away easily when sprayed onto outdoor wood or metal surfaces; protect yourself by wearing rubber gloves and working outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.  Wash thoroughly when finished to remove any lingering traces. 

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