Innovative Coating Removal Techniques

Period of Performance: 04/28/2008 - 04/28/2009


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Atmospheric Plasma Solutions
11301 Penny Road
Cary, NC 27518
Principal Investigator


The US armed forces need an environmentally friendly, quick, effective, and non-destructive method to remove paint from plastic and carbon fiber composite surfaces. An earth friendly paint removal process for painted metal is also desired by many commercial sectors such as aviation, marine, and automotive applications. Current processes for the removal of paint from composite materials are slow, expensive, and/or damaging to the environment. AP Solutions proposes the use of a highly ionized non-thermal atmospheric plasma process to quickly and efficiently remove coatings from a wide variety of composite and temperature sensitive substrates. AP Solutions Plasma Flux technology is inherently scalable to meet both field applications as well as large scale depot operations.