Laser Paint Removal

Laser cleaning provides a safe and efficient way to remove the hazardous coatings from targeted areas on ships, planes, vehicles, and equipment — without having to resort to the time-consuming process of setting up environmental protections and personal protective equipment. All that is required is the laser, laser safety curtains, and safety glasses The United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine has proven our handheld optics are a safe and effective way to remove hazardous coatings via our integrated suction channel – capturing all of the contaminants. To date, Adapt Laser is the only approved technology to be safe for this application by the USAF.

In addition to easy setup and operation, clean-up and waste disposal for our lasers only requires a small vacuum of the floor and abatement of the filter. Otherwise, the part is clean and immediately ready for the next steps.


Laser ablation works by sending nanosecond laser pulses into a surface, creating shockwaves that eject contaminants or turn them into gas. Laser cleaning can effectively clean the target surface without harming any substrate layers or surrounding material. We’ll help you find and calibrate the cleaning laser in order to optimize it to your cleaning needs.


  • Minimal setup and teardown times
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Cost-effective
  • No harm to underlying or surrounding materials
  • Safe alternative to other paint removal methods
  • The only approved technology for paint and coating removal by the US Air Force


At Adapt Laser, we offer laser technology solutions that are ideal to remove paint and other coatings from targeted areas of your assets. The United States Air Force has already approved and included our CL1000 as a processing technology for the small-area cleaning on the Aircraft Ground Equipment. All other branches are in the process of putting the technology in a specification also.

Whether the area is inches or a few feet, our laser cleaning solutions offer a complete cleaning method – both the cleaning and clean-up is all done in one step with the handheld optic. Through the process of laser ablation, the coatings are removed to the bare metal without affecting the integrity.

Our technology can be used safely next to valuable electronics, other equipment, or people, and our laser cleaning solutions clean the desired area without interacting or bothering anything around it. When compared to blasting, abrasives, or needle gun cleaning, laser ablation is a far superior method of removing small area coatings.


Paints and coatings for heavy duty applications are often fortified with toxic materials such as chromate primers, lead, and asbestos in order to ensure the highest degree of corrosion resistance and durability. Cleaning equipment with hazardous coatings, therefore, can be a dangerous task. Fortunately, laser ablation provides a safe and environmentally friendly way to remove hazardous paint and minimize any secondary contamination.

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