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To remove old enamel
Posted by crown r n 7 on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 6:15 PM

What would you use to remove old (years old) enamel paint on a car body.

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Posted by Big Gary on Thursday, March 01, 2018 4:39 AM

To remove paint I used the purple stuff, 91% alcohol, and I'm told brake fluid and easy off work well too.  I'm sure others will put in their 2 cents also. 

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Posted by Bainford on Thursday, March 01, 2018 8:23 AM

Yup, Castrol Super Clean, which I believe is the same as Purple Power, is my go to stripper for enamel. If the paint is very old and stubborn, it may take up to a week of soaking to loosen the paint. Abrading the paint surface with a little course sandpaper before soaking can help particularly stubborn paint.

If the Purple stuff doesn't do the trick, my fall-back stripper is Easy-Off oven cleaner (the heavy duty stuff, not the fresh scent or whatever it's called). I place the body in a ziplock plastic bag and hose it down with the oven cleaner then let it soak for as long as it takes. Turn the body over from time to time to keep all parts wet with the cleaner.

Wear gloves and eye protection when handling oven cleaner, as the stuff is nasty caustic. Gloves for prolonged exposure to Purple Power is advised as well.

91% isopropyl alcohol and brake fluid are popular strippers as well, especially for lacquer. Some people have had success with Simple Green, and though I haven't tried, Spray 9 appears the be the same as Purple Power. There is also a product sold particularly for stripping model paint, but the name escapes me right now, and I think it is based on a formula similar to Purple Power.

It's worth noting that many of these products will destroy resin.

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Thursday, March 01, 2018 5:56 PM

Thanks guys I have saved about 20 cars form my youth . Some of them where my 1st try at spray painting form 1971 I’m going to try the break fuild I’ve used purple power but on freash paint but never tried on older stuff no guts no glory I will give it a try 

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Posted by High octane on Thursday, March 01, 2018 8:45 PM

I heard that Super Clean is suppose to work better than Purple Power.

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Posted by Big Gary on Friday, March 02, 2018 3:34 AM

I've used Simple Green but it seemed to take longer .

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Posted by mini man on Friday, March 02, 2018 8:53 AM

Made a video to show what I use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUgp1L_BfrM

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Friday, March 02, 2018 9:17 AM

I've been buying fixer uppers for years on Ebay and have tried all sorts of things recommended here, but have settled on brake fluid as my best "Go-To" for all types of finishes.

It works great on enamels, lacquers and acrylics but is a bit slow I think for some people in a hurry.

Sometimes paint jobs have more than one layer of paint and sometimes even has primer so I usually figure 2 weeks for a well stripped body and pieces while I'm working on other projects. Time goes by much faster that way and not hurrying usually gives a much better result Thumbs Up.

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Posted by crown r n 7 on Monday, March 05, 2018 4:48 PM

Thanks TD will give it a try on something will post

Nick.

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