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Unread 11-05-2012, 07:16 AM   #1
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paint removal

At least 3 coats on my 77/7 . I am about to tear into my rebuild/ frame off.What would be the best tools and methods to remove paint? Commercial blasting may be too expensive. Elbow grease I get it. Just wondering what methods are out there. I would rather spend money on the proper hand tools/chemicals, and do it myself (i think) than spend the money paying someone else. Heck, Do I even need to remove it? It seems like a fairly heavy paint coating like ndustrial enamel/ IH red badly faded. Rockers N pans bad so filler is a must. Just general information is what Im after but Wading through Paint forum is wearing me out. Thanks

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Unread 11-05-2012, 08:11 AM   #2
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Aircraft paint remover. Nasty stuff but works. Brush it on and cover with plastic wrap to keep it wet as long as possible. Scrape off the paint. Wear rubber gloves and safety glasses. It will loosen and ruin plastic filler.
Or grind it all off.

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Unread 11-05-2012, 08:15 AM   #3
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^ what he said!!!! just becarefull not to get it on ur skin, if so wash it off that stuff burns like hell!!!!
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Unread 11-09-2012, 04:43 PM   #4
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Personally I think chemical strippers are a huge pain in the azz and would stay away from them completely. A local blasting company charged me $275 to completely strip my tub, hood, fenders and grill. That was the price for the parts removed from the chassis. They did the hood with walnut shells to eliminate warpage from heat generated when using sand as the blasting media. It was well worth it!
If I had not had it professionally blasted I would use a DA sander with 60 or 80 grit paper,
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