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Stripping unknown paints

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    January, 2017
Stripping unknown paints
Posted by 195X on Sunday, April 14, 2019 7:23 PM

Never ran into this before. I have a kit to strip. It's in a hard white paint, likely a lacquer but I'm unsure.

When you have to strip but don't know what kind of paint you're going at, what's your go-to?

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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    June, 2004
Posted by Tom99 on Monday, April 15, 2019 6:57 AM
Try soaking it in 'Black Magic Bleche White' tire cleaner. It can be bought at Walmart, or most auto parts stores. Let it soak at least overnight, then use a brush to remove the paint. I have let some models soak for as long as a week. It will remove all types of paint, and it does not harm the plastic.
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    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Monday, April 15, 2019 7:36 AM

I don't like using brake fluid to strip paint, but for stubborn lacquers I find it to be most effective. It helps to scuff or sand the top surface of the paint to allow the stripper to work.

I have not tried 91% or 99% isopropyl alcohol, but many builders use that for stripping lacquers asd well.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury

Trevor

  • Member since
    January, 2017
Posted by 195X on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 11:29 AM

Thank you gents! Once I was reminded to rough scuff the surface so the agent could get under the paint, worked like a charm!

My favorite color is clear. I am also ambidexterous, I can screw up equally well with either hand. I am 53 years old and been building for most of that time. :)

On the bench... somewhere. Pink Panther show car, 1978 Dodge Magnum Charger Daytona Midnight edition SE 300. Mongrel T.

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