Laser Paint Removal
Laser paint removal is an environmentally friendly process used to remove paint layers from metal surfaces without damaging the substrate. It’s also known as laser coating removal and de-coating.
The process can be applied to any metals, although the most typical are steel, aluminum and copper. It can be used for different types of coatings, including powder coating, e-coating, phosphate coating, and insulating coating. Laser cleaning can also be used for similar applications such as laser rust removal, oxide removal, mold cleaning, and surface preparation.
How Does Laser Paint Removal Work?
Laser paint removal works with a process called laser ablation, which is when a laser beam delivers sufficient energy to ablate the coating. As the paint is vaporized, the metal surface is left intact.
To achieve ablation, the laser energy is released in short pulses and at a set repetition rate. As a result, the pulsed laser generates shockwaves that eject coatings when they reach their ablation threshold. One of the benefits is the ability to remove coatings from precise areas.
The laser ablates the coating without damaging the metal underneath. When using a single-mode fiber laser, the laser can texture the base metal at the same time if needed. When using a multimode fiber laser, the process cannot texture the metal surface, but it can reach faster cleaning speeds.
Why Choose Laser Technology for Paint Removal?
Industrial Laser Cleaning Solutions
Robot Laser Cleaning Machine
Laser systems can be mounted on robots for all types of paint lines to selectively remove paint and other contaminants. The process can also leave a texture that improves surface properties like adhesion or friction.
Rotary Table Laser Cleaning Workstation
Rotary workstations are the most efficient manually loaded machines on the market. They can be equipped with a rotary indexer to easily access multiple areas to be cleaned.
High-Power Laser Cleaning Systems
Laserax manufactures high-power fiber laser systems specifically designed to remove coatings from metal surfaces, most commonly steel, aluminum, and copper.
We offer up to 3000W of laser power for demanding industrial applications. The laser power you need will depend on your available cycle time and on the thickness of your coatings.
Industries that Benefit from Laser Paint Removal
While masking is traditionally used in the automotive industry, laser cleaning is a more efficient and cost-effective solution that is gaining in popularity.
Many parts are coated, painted, phosphated, or laminated to improve material properties. These coatings need to be absent from certain areas before assembly, welding or bonding.
Automotive sectors that benefit from laser paint removal include Foundry, Casting, Drivetrain, Powertrain, E-Drive, Seating, Stamping, Battery, and E-Motor.
Agriculture and heavy equipment manufacturers are increasingly replacing masking with laser cleaning. While part masking is slow and expensive, laser cleaning offers a high return on investment and can keep up with a high production pace.
Parts that benefit from laser cleaning include castings, drivetrains, powertrains, seat rails, stampings, and more.
During maintenance of aircraft parts, coatings need to be removed before being refurbished. Compared to blasting methods, laser technology is an environmentally friendly alternative that is safer for operators.
The cost of aerospace parts and high-quality requirements make laser technology a worthwhile investment.
Laser paint removal is an emerging technology that is precise and efficient. It offers endless possibilities and can be used for applications in a variety of industries.