The use of inhomogeneous surface‐spoiling magnetic field gradients for elimination of signal from surface lying regions of a sample was theoretically examined in the companion article (W. Chen and J. J. H. Ackerman, NMR Biomed. 3, 147–157 (1990)). Using the spoiling gradient coil design described therein, this article presents experimental verification of the feasibility of such an approach to enhanced spatial localization. Single coil mode 31P NMR surface coil interrogation of both a two compartment phantom and rat in vivo are shown to provide excellent suppression of surface lying regions with minimal degradation of signal from the deep lying region of interest. Both pulse‐and‐collect and spin echo sequences were highly efficient in concert with spoiling gradient periods of 0.5–2 ms and driving currents of 0.5–2 A. The use of a current‐generated surface spoiling gradient offers a robust means to remove surface tissue signal contributions and can be implemented with a wide range of localizing pulse sequences and imaging protocols.