Remove Paint from Metal Kitchen Cabinets

What You'll Need
An old cooking pot
Baking Soda

There are many different methods that you can follow in order to remove paint from metal cabinets. But, if you are looking for a way to remove the paint without a lot of toxic cleaners, this is possible to do with only a few materials and a lot of time.

Step 1 – Decide on the Method

When you restore your cabinets to their original metal finish, they can look magnificent in your kitchen and revitalize your look. Scraping and sanding can be a somewhat difficult to do if you need to get to the hinges and handles as well. You also have to keep in mind that those methods can also leave behind scrapes and scratches on the original metal which will ruin the look of your cabinets. The damage that could be left behind can be irreversible and then you will be left with materials that can no longer be used.

Step 2 - Preparation

Instead of taking the long way to clean your cabinets and risking the harm of your health, there is a way that you can get them clean without injury, danger or the need to use several different methods. You will also find that using a more safe and natural way of cleaning them will be less expensive as well.

Step 3 – Use a Cooking Pot

Using the materials listed above fill the cooking pot half way with water. Make sure this is a pot that you do not plan on using again. Then, take the baking soda and create a layer on the bottom of the pot and making sure that it is completely covered. Take your hinges and knobs and place them in the pot and then simmer on the stove for approximately 30 minutes. You will then be able to peel the paint away without any problems.

Step 4 – Clean the Cabinets

When it comes to the cabinets, you can use this same method but you can boil the water and apply with a soft brush to the cabinets. This will soften up the paint enough that you will be able to peel it away as well. This part will take a little longer and a little more elbow grease but in the end you will be very pleased with the outcome. You will have also saved yourself from inhaling harmful chemicals and from making a mess in your kitchen area with easier clean up.

Extra Tip - Precautions

If you are considering using paint stripper, than you may want to re-think that option. Although it may seem as though the easy solution to the problem, it can be more harmful than good. The first major concern that you should consider is your health. Stripper is a very harsh chemical and if you were to get it on your skin or even breathe in the fumes it can be extremely dangerous to your health. Another thing that you need to consider is the fact that using a paint stripper can often times leave behind bits of paint on your cabinets. It can also cause the paint to smear which means that you would have to find another way to clean the cabinets again.