Will Acetone Remove Powder Coat?

Chemical strippers exist that can quickly remove powder coating from surfaces, although some of these options only clean the surface without completely dismantling it. Other options for removal may include abrasive blasting or extreme heat treatments.

Benco B17 offers an easy solution for stripping powder coat. Containing high concentrations of methylene chloride, it will effectively strip durable coating in less than 20 minutes with additional safety precautions necessary.


Acetone is a colorless, volatile liquid that evaporates quickly. Used as a chemical solvent to dissolve other chemicals and substances, acetone contains three carbon atoms combined with six hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom – naturally produced in volcanoes, plants and forest fire byproducts, vehicle exhaust fumes and tobacco smoke; its presence also can be detected. Acetone may be synthesized using cumene hydroperoxide process or dehydrogenation of 2-propanone to synthesize it

Acetone poses low acute and chronic toxicity; exposure to its vapors may cause eye irritation or sore throat symptoms, while absorption through skin may enter the bloodstream and potentially damage organs.

When handling acetone, use protective gloves and avoid inhaling it. Store the liquid in an area with adequate ventilation away from any sources of heat or ignition; non- sparking equipment and no smoking signs should also be posted for optimal results. Finally, explosion proof venting with pressure or  vacuum-relief  valves  in  storage tanks are ideal options to ensure optimal use.


Turpentine is a colorless liquid produced by distilling resin extracted from coniferous trees such as pines. This chemical substance can be found as an ingredient for cleaning brushes as well as being used as a solvent in paint and varnish removal processes. Turpentine may also be used to thin oil-based paints. Since handling it improperly can be dangerous, only use in areas with sufficient ventilation when using this product.

Turpentine’s chemical composition varies considerably, but generally speaking it contains various hydrocarbons. While its fumes may cause respiratory tract irritation and eye irritant, they are also known to aggravate contact dermatitis symptoms in some individuals.

Once considered a valuable medicine for treating skin ailments and rashes, chloroform is still found as an ingredient in some chest rubs today. Unfortunately, its consumption can be dangerous to both children and pregnant/breastfeeding mothers as it could result in poisoning and miscarriage.

Isopropyl alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol (IUPAC name: propan-2-ol) is a clear, volatile liquid with a distinct sweet aroma. It is widely used as an ingredient in antiseptics, disinfectants, hand sanitizers and detergents as well as serving as a solvent and intermediate in chemical production processes.

Rubbing alcohol, made up of isopropyl alcohol, can be an effective cleaning product on powder coated surfaces but cannot completely remove them. Instead, it serves as an efficient pre-cleaner to make sure there is no oil residue and that everything is ready for application process.

Acetone is a nonpolar liquid solvent capable of dissolving various nonpolar compounds, including resins, oils and fats. Additionally, it’s highly effective at cleaning surfaces of dust and dirt. Produced through either the cumene process or dehydrogenation of isopropanol production methods, acetone is known to cause eye irritation so proper PPE should be worn when handling.

Chemical paint remover

Chemical strippers are widely available on the market and can effectively remove powder coats; however, their toxic nature requires special handling and disposal procedures. If using such strippers in well-ventilated areas with gloves and eye protection worn at all times to protect yourself from fire risks. These chemicals should also not be stored near heat sources for an unsafe working environment.

As an alternative to chemical strippers, abrasive blasting offers another viable option for metal surface removal and powder coating removal from small parts. When choosing this option it’s essential that a soft medium be chosen in order to avoid damage to either metal or paint surfaces beneath.

Extreme heat can also be used to melt powder coating. While this method can be expensive and time-consuming, it is the safest and most cost-effective method of stripping powder coat. Hot caustic is not recommended due to potential damage it could do to aluminum and other metals; an alternative choice would be Miles Remove 9000 which can be applied via dipping and left standing for 1-5 minutes before being rinsed away with clean water.

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