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Old August 25th, 2014, 10:34 PM
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Pure. Misery. (Paint Removal)

The worst part of my truck (now that I got it back!) is the paint. Some numbnut painted it with like a 1/4" of housepaint, over a maaco paint job and the factory paint. It's awful. My plan is to use aircraft stripper, and to start over. I'm not trying to make the truck a showpiece, but just not housepaint and get it back to Arles.

Any tips on what's easier or better than the aircraft stripper? I saw some sandblasting horror shows... trying to avoid that too.





This was a little over an hours worth of work for 2 of us.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 10:48 PM
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try a thick layer of remover and cover it with plastic wrap. If you're working outside in the sun the stripper is going to burn off and dry up before it has a chance to work. When trying to get multiple layers of paint or varnish off a boat id cover it and leave it for a good 30 minutes.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 11:25 PM
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Soda blasting is the only way to go.
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Old August 25th, 2014, 11:31 PM
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how humid was it? I was able to strip down to bare metal, in the AZ sun in 2 coats in under a hour
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Old August 25th, 2014, 11:36 PM
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Soda blasting is the only way to go.
x2. Noncorrosive, won't gouge or ding panels, gets to bare metal the fastest.
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Old August 26th, 2014, 08:18 AM
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Anyone with a suggestion for a soda blaster in Upstate NY/VT/Western MA area?
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Old August 26th, 2014, 08:44 AM
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Call your local marina. Ask them if they know any soda blasters. As you can imagine, boat owners are very picky about the work done. Crappy soda blasters do not get return business. Thisis a good time to catch them as the season is still on and boats aren't getting hauled yet. In the winter and spring you won't be able to hire anybody.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 10:20 AM
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I've used American Dry Strippers, but they're closer to new Haven CT. Maybe you can call them and ask for a recommendation?
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Old August 27th, 2014, 10:50 AM
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x2. Noncorrosive, won't gouge or ding panels, gets to bare metal the fastest.
X3. This is a no-brainer and they can often come out to you. I used Tidewater Sodablasting in SE Va for most of my paint removal. It's dollars and non-labor well spent.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 11:05 AM
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We used paint strippers, sand paper and eventually even a rotary and belt sander (dry) on the many flat sections, changing the belt often. We used a wire brush on the end of a drill was usefull in the corners. With patience and a steady hand you get back to the alu..sure there are some scratches, but two layers of primer sorted this out. What ever you do afterwards, avoid bondo, it simply does not work with the flexible nature of Aluminium.
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I have never had good luck with the brush on stuff. The aerosol aircraft stripper seems to do the best.
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Old August 27th, 2014, 01:01 PM
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I've used this stuff on dash components and it works incredibly well, never tried it on the body though http://www.homedepot.com/p/Klean-Str...SR72/100135467
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Ok! Back on this, there's a local guy coming on Thursday to do this "dustless blasting" on the truck. He said it's absolutely no problem on the aluminum body and he's excited to do a Defender.

On Wednesday afternoon/evening, I'll be taking all the panels apart, removing the trim, chequer plate and all the glass. If anyone's around the area, feel free to PM me and stop in.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 07:42 AM
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A couple good buddies on some late night machine work. Thanks fellas.


Almost there.
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Old September 4th, 2014, 08:26 AM
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We want "after" pix!
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Old September 4th, 2014, 08:31 AM
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We want "after" pix!

Agreed.


I have a 109 that has a million layers of rolled on garbage that I need to get off. Interested in your results as I'm up against the same challenge.
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Dude, Are you wearing Checkerboard Vans while stripping the paint?

That's pretty frosty!
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Old September 4th, 2014, 10:54 AM
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DHS had been looking for a green panel body 110 up in your area

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Old September 5th, 2014, 09:44 AM
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Dude, Are you wearing Checkerboard Vans while stripping the paint?

That's pretty frosty!
HAHA, those are my favorite sneakers. They're like 15 years old.





Well... Here we go boys!! This came out GREAT, the only regret I have is not understanding that it is dustless, not messless... LOL. The cleanup was INTENSE. No real surprises on the tub or the bulkhead thank God. I did find that two out of three of my door skins are shot.

I can't wait to get it painted up! Parts on order from the UK!









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Old September 5th, 2014, 09:58 AM
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So Danny what did that cost and how long did it take him ?
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