How can I remove peeling paint from the bowl of a cast iron bird bath?

by Carol
I was given it by someone who had painted it to make it look pretty, and of course the paint wouldn't stand up to being under water and is now peeling off. I would like to take it back to its original state.

  7 answers
    • Carol Carol on Jul 12, 2017

      Great article, Molly! Thanks! I have used paint stripper many times on wood, I guess I never thought of using it on metal. I'm going to try it!

  • Sunny C Sunny C on Jul 11, 2017

    Hello Carol; Your Birdbath sounds so Lovely!! Please contact Home Depot, Ace, any type of store, and Please ask what the recommend that you purchase to use to strip off the old finish.

    I hope that this helps you!! Take Care!

    • Carol Carol on Jul 12, 2017

      Yes, good idea! Maybe there is even a special kind of stripper just for metal, who knows?

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 11, 2017

    Personally, I've had success with Goof Off, and a metal bristle scrub brush (found in the paint department at Walmart. A nontoxic stripper might also be an option. If you scrub it really well with soap and water after any of those methods, I think it would be fine as long as you remove all residue. Let it dry for a few days in the sun, scrub it again and I would feel comfortable using it. The key is nontoxic and removing all residue. If you want to avoid any chemicals, scrubbing it may remove it

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 11, 2017

    use Citristrip a safe non-toxic paint remover.

  • Bobbie Bobbie on Jul 11, 2017

    This site has great instructions on how cleanup and restore wrought iron.

  • Dawn Dawn on Jul 11, 2017

    ive had my cast iron projects sandblasted to remove the paint. Works very well

  • Carol Carol on Jul 12, 2017

    Cynthia, I have never heard of Goof Off. I will check it out. A metal brush is definitely called for, I think. Thanks for your great suggestion! I wish there was a paint that would stand up to constantly being under water, but I haven't found one, other than marine paint, and I don't know if that would even be suitable for a birdbath. Fortunately, the birds don't seem to care if it is painted or not!