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Old September 26th, 2009, 02:21 PM
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Removing paint from galvanized metal

In the past I have used paint stripper to remove paint from galvanized body caps. Are there any other effective methods that are less messy? Also is there any way to brighten up the caps, hoop sets and bumpers without regalvanizing?
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Old September 26th, 2009, 02:41 PM
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Have you tried a heat gun?
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Old September 26th, 2009, 05:53 PM
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No, i'll try. At what temp does the zinc melt? Does heat gun brighten it up?
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Old September 26th, 2009, 09:15 PM
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I mean try heat gun to loose the paint. Zinc melts at like 800 deg or somethign? But as far as brightening, I have heard CLR works OK but make sure you dilute it, full strength might erode it away.
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Just guessing but maybe wire wool (after the paint is off)?
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Old September 27th, 2009, 08:27 AM
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I'll be trying again later today or tomorrow. This is my lightweight and the bumper and galvanized windo frame were peeling already. The interior portion of the body cappings lost the paint years ago. However the top of the capping and the outside edge are still holding their camo colors. I could always pull them off and regalvanized them, but I didn't want to spend that much time. Eastwood makes some zinc paint (the galvanized look), but I wasn't sure that would stick to galvanized metal.
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I would think that using steel wool would transfer some steel onto the galvy that would result in surface rust in the future?

When working with stainless it is a no no to use a grinder disk or flapper disk that was used on normal steel for this reason and would assume the same would be true for galvy?
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Again, for this purpose I use soda blasting. It preps the part for repainting by just washing it with clean water when you are done, or leave it as is to prevent rust while on the shelf. Not harmful for the environment and your health. Cleans easy too as it is water soluble.

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