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How do I remove 1 layer of paint?


I bought Cushman Cub at Portland that has a flaking coat of green paint brushed over what looks to...

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Old 08-29-2009, 09:58 PM
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Default How do I remove 1 layer of paint?

I bought Cushman Cub at Portland that has a flaking coat of green paint brushed over what looks to be decent original grey. Any suggestions on how to remove the green without removing the original?

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Default Re: How do I remove 1 layer of paint?

have it soda blasted I've seen a car stripped to primer with it,it's a very gentle process
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Default Re: How do I remove 1 layer of paint?

Patience, mineral spirits & finest steel wool you can find & patience .... small areas at a time ... boiled linseed oil mixed 50/50 with turpentine or satin polyurethane after you have removed as much of top coat as possible.
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blow off as much as you can with air and a small tip blow gun first
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Default Re: How do I remove 1 layer of paint?

Try a small inconspicuous area with oven cleaner. it SHOULD remove the home-brew'd paint without harming the factory paint. You will have to stay with it and check constantly because if left too long it will likely eat the factory paint as well. It absolutely depends on the quality of the two paints, but I have had good success with this method. You will know within ten minutes. Get good old style harsh oven cleaner, my experience with "environmentally friendly" stuff is about the same as mild soapy water. GOOD LUCK!!
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I've seen oven cleaner take paint off fairly well, but if you leave it too long it will eat at the original and if you wipe it off it will smear the 2 layers together. You should keep something handy to neutralize the oven cleaner.
Likewise the product PEELER is an aircraft grade paint stripper that will literally peel the paint off layer by layer. Unfortunately most aircraft grade strippers have a tendency to smear as well and it's best to blow it off with an air gun, not wipe or rinse it off.
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Some years ago a friend did a light corn cob blast on an engine for me that had peeling paint, and it worked out very well to restore the original paint and pinstriping.
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