How to Remove Paint From Metal Doors

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Things You'll Need

  • Paint thinner

  • Paint brush

  • Pressure washer

  • Heat gun

  • Scraper

  • Wire brush

  • Sand paper

  • Nail polish with acetone


Be sure there is plenty of ventilation when working with chemicals such as the ones in paint thinners. Always wear protective apparel when working with chemicals. It is a good idea to wear protective glasses when pressure washing.

Remove Paint From Metal Doors

Paint can be a force to be reckoned with. It finds its way to surfaces it isn't wanted upon and dares anyone to try to remove it. The type of paint will determine the amount of effort involved in removing it. Regular soap and water won't do much to relieve a metal door of this stubborn substance. With a little time, patience, and elbow grease, however, paint can easily be removed from metal doors leaving the surface as though there was never paint there at all.


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Step 1

Apply paint thinner to the painted area with a paint brush. Pressure wash the area on a setting of 80 psi. Make sweeping motions with the nozzle and stop periodically to check the progress. This works particularly well on spray paint.

Step 2

Use a heat gun to heat up the paint until it begins to curl and scrape it away with a scraper.

Step 3

Apply paint thinner or stripper and with a paint brush and scrub it away with a wire brush or sand paper.

Step 4

Use nail polish remover with acetone and a soft bristled brush and scrub away the unwanted paint. Rinse the area with water or hose it down if it's outside.


Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.