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Username Post: Paint stripper options?        (Topic#365057)
dsacton 
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04-29-21 09:02 AM - Post#2818988    

Hi Folks,

Can anyone remind me what our options are these days for removing paint?

Years ago, I used a product (I believe it had an airplane in the logo, or name) that was amazing. The paint came off with a single pass of a putty knife, down to the metal. Later, I used a similar product that really didn't work at all. Someone said that the original product had been banned.

So where does this leave us? Is this something that depends on the state you live in? What should I use? Thanks.

Scott Acton
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2D51STYDLX 
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04-29-21 10:07 AM - Post#2818993    
    In response to dsacton

My .02 I would try the dustless water pressure folks, assuming your doing a large project.

Roger
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tommy49 
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04-29-21 10:56 AM - Post#2818998    
    In response to dsacton

I just went through this. The active ingredient in the old stripper is gone and all the strippers suck. The citrus strippers are useless. It's hit or miss on what works on what. I have Zip-Strip and Klean Strip Premium and both work the same, mediocre at best.

Tommy

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beagrizzly 
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04-29-21 11:05 AM - Post#2818999    
    In response to dsacton

https://www.amazon.com/Strip-Stripping-Grind ers-Re...

These things are amazing. They will take the paint off down to bare metal without removing any metal.

Griff

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Mel Foye 
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04-29-21 12:15 PM - Post#2819002    
    In response to tommy49

I never liked paint strippers over concern of leaving a spot or two and later lifting.





 
Mel Foye 
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04-29-21 12:24 PM - Post#2819003    
    In response to beagrizzly

Have used similar product and happy with them. Watch eye and breathing protection. Thin ones that fit down in the gap between the drip rail and the top are really nice.



 
dsacton 
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04-29-21 06:23 PM - Post#2819016    
    In response to beagrizzly

Thanks for the suggestions. I ordered the angle grinder strippers and will see if they work for me. I've got a pretty large area to do, but not the entire car. If I were doing a frame off, the water stripping sounds like a good idea.

It's all lead paint, of course, so there is that risk. I'll use a respirator no matter what. I did a little more digging, and it looks like commercial operations can still use the stripper with methylene chloride, as can the military. But I could not find it for sale anywhere.

Scott Acton
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johnwd98 
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04-30-21 04:00 AM - Post#2819036    
    In response to dsacton

I found the same problem with the "new" paint strippers. None of them work well anymore because of the ban on methylene chloride. I found methylene chloride in gallon jugs for sale legally, and mixed it with paint stripper. The paint stripper worked better but, not nearly as well as the old paint stripper with methylene chloride in the formula.

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beagrizzly 
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05-01-21 07:03 AM - Post#2819078    
    In response to dsacton

ds,
Here is a pic of a quarter panel I did on the 6T. This is about an hour, and one disc.

Griff

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2005 Yukon XL
2007 GMC Sierra Classic 8.1
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2011 Escalade ESV


 
dsacton 
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05-01-21 08:59 AM - Post#2819082    
    In response to johnwd98

That's pretty clever! I bet someone has worked out the old formula.

Scott Acton
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dsacton 
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05-01-21 09:00 AM - Post#2819083    
    In response to beagrizzly

Not bad! My disks are supposed to arrive today.

Scott Acton
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tommy49 
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05-01-21 05:13 PM - Post#2819106    
    In response to beagrizzly

I'm going to order some of those!!

Tommy

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beagrizzly 
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05-04-21 06:18 AM - Post#2819253    
    In response to tommy49

Be aware, they won't move metal, but they play 7734 on bondo. If you have old body work under the paint, you will find it!!

Griff

if you're gonna be a bear..................

1960 Biscayne (the 6T)
2005 Yukon XL
2007 GMC Sierra Classic 8.1
2009 Silverado
2011 Escalade ESV


 


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