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Offline DirksCuda

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How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« on: July 24, 2017 - 05:23:15 pm »
Can somebody tell me how to strip black rattle can paint from my 70 Cuda grille. Yhe last owner sprayed it, I want to redo it in the correct sliver with the texture Thanks for any help




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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017 - 09:52:54 pm »

I used steel wool. 
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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017 - 11:46:15 pm »
same here.  Steel wool.

there has to be something faster. 
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Offline DirksCuda

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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2017 - 06:44:47 am »
Does the steel wool remove the texture along with the paint,the sliver is underneath.I want to keep as much as possible Thanks

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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017 - 10:11:18 am »
As you may know, there are a lot of paint strippers that will attack plastic, so test whatever you decide on a small section on the back of the plastic part if you can first.
Chemicals like lacquer thinner, and general paint strippers will aggressively attack plastic.  Some other paint stripper chemicals you may have heard of like brake fluid are a little safer but will actually ruin the chemical makeup of the plastic and change the integrity of the plastic - still not good.  While other chemicals like naphtha, denatured alcohol, and clothing detergents are mild and fairly safe.
I am a former product designer in both metal and plastics.  I'm also a professional modeler.  I have to often strip plastics in a safe manner and do it efficiently and hopefully quickly.  If I had to strip something large and plastic with rattle can paints, I would first use something simple, safe and efficient like....are your ready for this...Easy-Off Spray On Oven Cleaner.  The good ole' simple bright yellow can your mother used.  Its cheap, easy to find, and most importantly easy on the plastic.  EZ-OFF will attack aluminum!  So, be sure to remove all metal trim first if possible.  Test a small area of stainless before you spray it.  This is not a fast stripper by any means, but its safe on plastic.  I've had plastic parts sitting in EZ-Off for a couple days. Find or build a container around your part (something plastic like a garbage bag, don't use alum.foil!)...spray it on and let it soak in the foamy solution for a good 3-6 hours.  It may take several spray applications to keep the foam wet and active during this soaking time.  If after several hours you don't see any "activity" of loosening paint, then let it sit overnight.   It does wash off easily with water.  If nothing happens over night, try some PINE-SOL, another cleaner your mother used.  You can leave plastic parts soaking in a total bath of PINE-SOL for months.  Pine-sol is very safe but slow to strip and sometimes after weeks of soaking in Pine-sol nothing happens.  Lastly, try Naphtha (found at any hdwre store) again testing in a small area on the back if possible first.  Naphtha can be aggressive on a few plastics, but others it is quite safe.  So, test it.  If those 3 chemicals do not work, you may need the steel wool treatment.
My 2 cents.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2017 - 10:30:26 am by hofilbert »
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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2017 - 06:44:12 pm »
One of the other members said Pine Sol will damage the plastic.

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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2017 - 07:48:55 pm »
One of the other members said Pine Sol will damage the plastic.
I've been using Pine-Sol for over 25 years stripping plastic both ABS style and clear acrylics and have left plastic items sit soaking in Pine-Sol for over a year, and never had a single issue ever.  Its the safest thing I've ever used on plastic.  Its only problem is it is slow and doesn't work on all paints. 
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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2017 - 06:59:59 pm »
Use extra fine steel wool.  Will not remove texture.
 U do not need to strip all of the paint.  Just get a dull finish and wash it with dawn detergent soap an wipe it with thinner
spray light coats keep it even
I learned to go in one direction after the second light coat.
If you go back and forth you will have lines.
Press nozzle before touching grille and release after u pass the grille.
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Offline DirksCuda

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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2017 - 04:11:40 pm »
Well I got the grille stripped now I'm looking for the right textured paint. I read a thread on here that a fellow compared the light argent paint from Totally Auto with the Krylon paint he said the krylon was a closer match. I'm in Canada and anything I find is in the US. They cant ship to Canada. I was wondering what was the colour of the Krylon Texture Paint that he used. I can get Krylon Stone here in Canada. Thanks Dirk

Offline larry4406

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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2017 - 04:32:32 am »
What stripping method did you finally use?

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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #10 on: September 06, 2017 - 11:09:57 pm »
Just bought a couple of cans of Totally Auto light argent for my 73 grille which is currently painted body color.
@AARuFAST , thanks for the tips on prep and paint.
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Re: How to Strip Grille 70 Cuda
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2017 - 07:29:48 pm »
Brake fluid works for taking paint off of plastic models. Just let it soak for a couple of days.

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