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Old 01-23-2010, 11:29 AM
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Confused How can I remove the paint from a soda can?

Yes, I've googled it. Surprisingly, I cannot find any information at all on how to do it. Which begs the question; is this even possible?

Before I begin experimenting with dangerous chemicals, I'd like to know if anyone here has any idea on how to remove the paint from a soda can at home.

What I hope to achieve is a "blank" can for use in a project that I don't want to bother explaining here.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:35 AM
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very fine sand paper?
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:36 AM
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Default Re: How can I remove the paint from a soda can?

have you considered sandpaper, then toothpaste to polish?

edit :beat me to it
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:39 AM
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have you considered sandpaper, then toothpaste to polish?

edit :beat me to it
I'd prefer not to use sandpaper unless that's the only option. This is because I don't want to scratch the thin aluminum too much and then have to continually use finer grains (or polish) to get it to look right. Even if I don't have to worry about that very much, it would probably be very time consuming.
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Old 01-23-2010, 11:55 AM
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Default Re: How can I remove the paint from a soda can?

Nitromors paint stripper will work wonders and it won't touch the aluminum...I know you didn't want to try any chemicals but that's the easiest thing I can think of. Just brush it on, wait 10 minutes and the paint just falls off.

I've used it on brushed aluminum faced receivers which at some point in their life have been painted badly with oil based gloss, acrylic, spray etc.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:03 PM
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Nitromors paint stripper will work wonders and it won't touch the aluminum...I know you didn't want to try any chemicals but that's the easiest thing I can think of. Just brush it on, wait 10 minutes and the paint just falls off.

I've used it on brushed aluminum faced receivers which at some point in their life have been painted badly with oil based gloss, acrylic, spray etc.
Actually, I do want to try chemicals. Rather that than scratch the paint off with sand paper.

I'll be trying that soon and I'll see if it works.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:12 PM
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hot flame, such as a turbo lighter for a few seconds
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I would have suggested nitromors aswell, get the stuff for use on metal rather than wood - most DIY shops sell the nitromors for wood, which will strip paint from metal also, but the stuff for metal is brutal and destroys paints quickly.

Its safe to work with and I have got it on my skin for a few seconds and it has not damaged me, although you can feel it tingle.
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Nitromors works better if you slap it on then wrap it up in clingfilm (cellophane wrap). Stops it from drying out.

It'll leave a smooth but matte finish. If you've got an electric drill then get a felt wheel, mount it in a work bench, then get some autosol or similar polish - it's literally ten times faster than doing it by hand.

If you want the polished finish to last, use some old car wax on it, otherwise it'll oxidise and go dull again.
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Gasket remover will suffice if you can't get a good chemical stripper. Be careful sanding - aluminum scratches and gouges really easy.
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