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04-23-2007, 01:02 PM
I am in the middle of stripping some paint and Aircraft Coatings Remover from Autozone seems to not be working too well. Anybody know of something better? Thanks for your help
04-23-2007, 03:34 PM
I use Kleen Strip Aircraft stripper. Main thing is application. Brush on one heavy coat-in one direction (do not spread back & forth). Have enough material depth that it won't dry too fast. You can also cover fresh stripper with foil or Saran wrap to keep it working longer.
04-23-2007, 04:36 PM
This is what I am using.
04-23-2007, 05:28 PM
Restoguy, what type paint are you removing? I had a tough time with the primer on my car. The aircraft stripper wouldn't touch that old red oxide primer. I ended up buying a cheap variable speed sander/polisher from hf and sanded the primer off the panels. I used a combination of 3M roloc disks and a sand blaster for the rest. Regards Ron
04-23-2007, 06:03 PM
1962 Thunderbird paint, covered with base/clear of some unknown pedigree. I just spent an hour with the pressure washer and have much of the overcoat off. I will recoat with more stripper and blast again later. It is the engine bay, not condusive to any other way. I have blasted much of it, but that has its problems also. I had hoped to strip the fire wall and just let the paint fall on a newspaper as it is in a place that cannot be blasted or pressure washed. (Yup, that means the front clip has been removed).
When we use chemical stripper we spread a thick coating on the surface then cover it with a layer of masking plastic and leave it for about a half hour. This usually does a good job of making the chemicals penetrate the surface and loosen it right down to the primer or metal so that it can be removed using a plastic spreader. However if the temperature is cool it greatly slows the process.
To me chemical stripping is the last option for stripping paint from the surface. I usually only use this method in areas where my Makita won't reach or the surface shape doesn't lend itself to other methods.
04-23-2007, 11:31 PM
Yup, last worse option. I would have taken it to the local stripper, but I just did not have the time, two weeks tank time, and it was a bit pricey, but it might have been the cheapest thing.
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