Ardrox® 2872

Highly effective Intermediate Coat Paint Remover

Ardrox® 2872 is an alkali-accelerated benzyl alcohol paint remover. It is designed to remove intercoat (selectively-strippable) paint systems, from aircraft and other surfaces. It contains no halogenated solvents.


  • Airbus – CML 09ABB1
  • Boeing – D6-17487 (conformance)

Physical and Chemical Properties

Physical and Chemical Properties 
AppearanceViscous, pale blue emulsion
DensityApprox. 1.02 – 1.05 g/ml at 20 °C / 68 °F
Flash point> 100 °C / 212 °F
These are typical values only and do not constitute a specification.

Method of use


Ardrox® 2872 is ready for use as supplied.



Prior to the application of Ardrox® 2872, any surface materials requiring masking should be accommodated. Consult your OEM or internal documentation for the appropriate masking procedures. Best results will be achieved at temperatures over 20 °C (68 °F). The paint surface should be clean and dry.


Ardrox® 2872 is applied by spraying with a piston-type pump and spray wand. Use with 2:1, 3:1, 5:1 or 10:1 pumps (5:1 and 10:1 preferred). Pouring is also possible.

Apply to a thickness of 2 to 3 times the coating thickness or until the paint is uniformly covered. Do not apply too heavily, sagging could occur. Personnel should always wear suitable protective clothing.

Paint removal

In general, Ardrox® 2872 should remain on the surface for 2 to 6 hours (depending on temperature, coating thickness and type, and other conditions). If necessary to bubble the paint, Ardrox® 2872 can be left on the surface for longer periods of time.

Note: Ardrox® 2872 is designed for a single-coat application and so does not require removal and reapplication in order to expedite removal.


Ardrox® 2872 and bubbled paint can be removed with a squeegee, brush, rinsing with water, or equivalent method. Do not allow the softened paint to dry out as it may re-adhere to the primer coat. Be aware that the upper coat and the intermediate coat are removed, while the primer in contact with the substrate remains intact.

Spot reapply the stripper to remaining painted areas if necessary and repeat the removal method. Follow up with a final rinse or wipe using water or wash with Ardrox® 6484A or similar.


Pour or spray Ardrox® 2872 on a vertical portion of the aircraft or panel. Record the coating thickness, time and temperature at application.

Effects on materials

Ardrox® 2872 is safe for aluminium, titanium, magnesium and most types of steel. Not to be used on windows or bare composites.

Shelf Life

The shelf life is 1 year from date of manufacture.


Ardrox® 2872 should be protected from freezing, preferably stored at between 10 °C (50 °F) and 35ºC (95 °F). Store in the original container, do not use pumps with steel, brass or zinc components that can contact the product, and do not return any used or unused Ardrox® 2872 to the drum.

Safety guidance

Before operating the process described it is important that this complete document, together with any relevant Safety Data Sheets, be read and understood.

Waste release

All waste waters must be treated in accordance with national legislation and local regulations prior to discharge to the sewer.

General information

Chemetall supplies a wide range of chemical products and associated equipment for cleaning, descaling, paint and carbon removal, metal working and protection and non-destructive testing. Sales Executives are available to advice on specific problems and applications.

Download Ardrox® 2872 technical datasheet