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Stripping American Paint
06/14/12 at 03:55:06
 
So I'm trying to strip off the original paint on my Rambler.  Problem is, it ain't coming off easy.......
 
I've tried using Aircraft Stripper......nodda.  Zip, zero, zilche.  Not even a tiny bubble.  So I'm stuck using those paint remover pads and they're getting expensive.  Yeah, I know, sandblast, but I don't have the equipment or money to do that.  Anyone have any good idea, suggestions on how to remove the paint from this 45 year old beast?
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Re: Stripping American Paint
Reply #1 - 06/14/12 at 04:35:32
 
Hotairgun + sharp spadder?
That is how I did it...
 
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Reply #2 - 06/14/12 at 19:36:17
 
If it is that hard to take off why remove it? It is stuck on there so scuff it so paint sticks to it and be done.
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Reply #3 - 06/14/12 at 21:41:43
 
Quote from FuzzFace2 on 06/14/12 at 19:36:17:
If it is that hard to take off why remove it? It is stuck on there so scuff it so paint sticks to it and be done.
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Re: Stripping American Paint
Reply #4 - 06/15/12 at 21:57:28
 
I'm sure it does have merit to not strip it to bare metal, but it was sitting for close to 15 years.  I actually did find some rust once I removed the paint and the undercoating on one of the fenders.  It was a barn find a few years ago and I'd like to keep it around for another 45 years when I'm done with it.  Smiley
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Reply #5 - 06/16/12 at 04:31:30
 
I'm with Igor, that is how I started stripping my American. It is a slow process but it will take the paint off.
 
 
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Re: Stripping American Paint
Reply #6 - 06/21/12 at 15:27:37
 
If the paint code has an "A" after it the scrapper and hot air gun will work. That Rambler has probably got the old Dulux enamel though, not Acrylic enemal (what the "A" is for... started using the A after in the mid 60s, quit sometime in the 70s when all the paint was acrylic).  
 
If the old stuff is stuck real good and not spider webbed just sand smooth and paint over. It should bubble and sand through if rusted under by much. It's always possible for the back side of a piece of metal to rust and eventually work it's way through the paint but still be strong enough when you sand it down now. Even removing the paint entirely won't keep that from happening.
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Re: Stripping American Paint
Reply #7 - 06/28/12 at 13:19:51
 
I've heard people have had success with cheap electric dual action polishers with sandpaper attached to them. Dusty but a cheapish alternative.
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Reply #8 - 06/28/12 at 23:17:21
 
Also do not brush over the stripper once it is applied.
Apply it very liberally going in one direction, one heavy coat only.
Then wait and use a scraper to remove it.
If you brush it on like you are painting the wall in your house it seems to lose strength and seems to not work.
 
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