how to remove paint stain from stainless steel bbq?

wantboostJune 21, 2014

someone spilled what appears to be stain or paint on the bbq. would paint thinner or stripper work to remove this??

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paintguy22

It depends on what the paint is. If it is latex, denatured or rubbing alcohol should work. If it's oil based, then paint thinner is probably not strong enough, though you could try it. Lacquer thinner is probably what you need, but that has a chance to ruin the finish on the grill....depends on what the finish is on the grill. Paints that are factory baked on can be cleaned with lacquer thinner usually safely. Test it first.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:01AM
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wantboost

grill is all stainless steel on the outside

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 11:15AM
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Faron79

1) Do you have a Weber?
2) Is the paint/stain a big "smear", or more "spotted"?
3) Is the paint a product you have, or someone painting for you? Check the can if you had it, & let us know!
4) Is it a very recent spill?

We'll pretend it's Latex for now...
* Soak a towel in hot water, & drape it over the affected area.
* Keep towel wet & periodically re-apply/mist hot water for a day.
* Use a 3M scrubby-sponge & ligthly scrub WITH the S/S graining.

Faron

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 9:45PM
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wantboost

I tried rubbing alcohol nothing came off . its an old spill. the shelves it smeared all over and the doors are spotted....

    Bookmark   June 23, 2014 at 11:17AM
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Faron79

Heat may be your only friend here now...of the paint-stripping heat-gun variety.

Since it's stainless, try maybe one of the "safe" strippers. Try it first on a lesser-noticed area first.

Since it's an old spill, and therefore baked-on many times over...removal may not be worth the effort!
What brand of grill?

Faron

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:44AM
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wantboost

safer strippers?
its a napolean bbq

    Bookmark   June 24, 2014 at 12:54PM
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wantboost

would methy hydrate help me determine if its latex or oil based?

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 9:57PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

Try automotive gasket remover or aircraft stripper; both aerosol cans. And both are for getting stuff off of finished metal.
Casey

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 5:16PM
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