Got my 55 galon drumm....What is the best way to get the paint off of the out side and lid???

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by upstatejay, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. Help.....What is the best way?   
  2. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Did you build a fire in it yet? Angle grinder with various wire wheels afterwards....
  3. no fire in it yet just got it today......
  4. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Burn a fire in it. Will remove most of the paint from the outside. Is it lined?
  5. Nope, got it with the had peanut butter in it
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  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You can do a super hot burn to get the paint off. That will still require grinding. Drill all your holes first. This will help feed the fire. A weed burner will also remove the paint. I opted to have mine sand blasted as both of the above options we can't do where I live. Also the toxicity of burning paint isn't good for you, or your neighbors. I took it to a powder coating shop. The blasted it for $25, and I had them powder coat the exterior of the drum and the lid with the highest temp black they had. Total cost $75.
  8. If you will post this in the UDS build section a lot more people would see it. I sand blasted mine. Some have built a roaring fire as has been said above. Some use a wire brush on an angle grinder. 

    Happy smoken.

  9. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    2 pallets if you are a pyro like me. Pallet wood is usually pretty paint free and very dry. Burns well. I found with mine after 2 pallets there was very little sanding, or grinding to do. Make sure you drill your intake holes first for good air flow. I bet you got a drum with a liner that is food grade like I tried to warn you about. Let the fun begin. If you have a propane weed burner you can burn the paint off that way too but that liner is a PITA!
    Last edited: May 1, 2015
  10. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Only 2 pallets? And you call yourself a pyro? Lol.... I burned all the pallets from your friend. Moisture level was 1% so they pretty much vaporized. I also tossed in some of the cherry scraps, roots and whatnot.
    The remains of the liner after the burn in mine were fairly soft. Was much easier to remove it after the burn. Seems like the liner on the lid was a different material. Came off very easily, no fire involved.
    Don't forget to pick up some mineral spirits.
  11. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Well, I did use a electric leaf blower by john deer. It was pretty epic. But I would not recommend it as it warped the drum a little bit. Works fine let me tell you.

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