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Socomore Paint Strippers

Depending on their manufacturer guidelines, aircrafts must be repainted every 6 to 8 years. Within the Socomore portfolio are a range of aerospace approved paint strippers for use across the airframe and other equipment. These paint removers are supplied in both gel and liquid forms, meaning they can be applied by brushing, spraying or immersion processes.

Within these two product forms, the range of paint strippers on offer also differ on their activation method. Socomore offer acidic, alkaline and hydrogen peroxide activation methods.

Activation MethodApplications
AlkalineSuitable for use on all alloys
AcidicSuitable for use on all alloys except magnesium (gel), cadmium plated steel (gel) and high strength steel (gel and liquid)
Hydrogen PeroxideSuitable for use on all alloys except magnesium

Safety

As with many aerospace OEM and MRO processes, the introduction of REACH regulations have triggered a significant transition away from older technologies that contain harmful substances to new methods that are safer for both the user and the environment. Products in Socomore’s gel paint stripper range are free from dichloromethane, chlorine, phenols and chromates, positioning them to remain compliant and fit for purpose as industry standards evolve for the foreseeable future.

Application

To ensure a successful application, thorough surface preparation firstly sets the foundation for a high-quality outcome, requiring attention to detail and thoroughness. Equally important is the process of masking, which demands patience and precision to protect specific areas and ensure clean lines. Consideration should also be given to factors such as paint thickness and temperature conditions, as these variables influence the optimal application time. Selecting the appropriate application methods also plays a pivotal role in determining the overall success of the project.

Diagram showing effective paint stripping process
Hand with wipe wiping aircraft

Surface Preparation

Preparing any surface prior to a coating application is critical, and this is no different when applying a paint stripper. For the paint stripper to work effectively, surfaces should be free from any and all soils and greases. Socomore supply a range of suitable cleaning chemicals for this application including products from their HYSO, DIESTONE and SYNCLAIR ranges, available in liquids and wipes.

Person applying masking

Masking

To prevent unwanted parts being stripped, these areas should be masked using suitable products such as tapes and films. Silmid stock a wide range of products resistant to paint stripping chemicals from brands such as 3M Aerospace and Mask-Off.

Aircraft undergoing stripping process

Scrapping, Rinsing and Cleaning

Once applied and given the necessary time to work, the unstuck paint should be removed and the surface should be rinsed with water and Synclair A/C to remove any leftover residues. This process should be followed by a cleaning stage with a DIESTONE product or similar.

Follow Up Processes

Once the surface has been successfully stripped, rinsed and cleaned, it will now be ready for additional treatments, which may include surface oxide removal, paint adhesion promotion and surface protection.

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