What is Chemical Stripping?

Chemical Stripping is the process in which objects, such as car shells/body parts, bikes and other metal-based objects are stripped of things such as paint, filler and lacquer. The process is designed to strip all coatings and chemicals that are attached to the metal, leaving nothing more than bare steel by the end of the process. 

What is Chemical Stripping Used for?

Chemical stripping is used for a variety of purposes as briefly presented above. Widely used within the automotive industry; chemical stripping can be used to refurbish alloy wheels by removing old powder coating or paint, remove contaminants that have been left on body panels and can even remove rust and corrosion from the body panels of cars and alloy wheels. These properties allow you to begin work from a clean foundation and speed up the process for refurbishment and repair work.


One of the positive (and negative depending on where you stand) things with chemical stripping is that it reveals everything. And we mean everything! Since you are bringing the bodywork back to bare metal, you will be exposing any potential botch jobs, hidden faults and work that may not have been done to the correct standard. All manner of things can be hidden behind filler and bodywork which will be brought to light thanks to chemical stripping. 

Different Types of Chemical Stripping 

There are different types of chemical stripping available which tackle different types of materials and parts. These different stripping techniques allow for the cleaning of metals without causing corrosion or damage. As well as offering different results depending on which technique you use, the different processes can be applied in alternative ways (chemical dipping, spray systems or automatic systems). These types of chemical stripping are:

Alkaline Paint Stripping

Alkaline paint stripping is used for a variety of different parts and objects. Everything from magnets, hangers, steel cables and even steel sheets can be treated by alkaline stripping. These parts can all be treated by either spray systems or by bath dipping. In order for the stripping to efficient, the alkaline must be between 75°C to 95°C.

Acid Paint Stripping

Acid stripping is widely used for a variety of different car parts and metal objects. Everything from alloy wheels, engine parts springs and magnets are treated using acid stripping. The acid stripping can be applied via an automatic system or by dipping in an acid bath measuring at 80°C to 85°C.

Solvent Paint Stripping

Solvent paint stripping is mostly used for parts that surface you would not want to be “attacked”. This includes things like galvanised steel. Like the alkaline stripping process, the solvent stripping can be applied via spray systems or by bath dipping at 80°C to 150°C.


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