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Old 04-09-2008, 12:36 AM   #1
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Was wondering what you guys use for fiberglass paint stripping that is enviromentally friendly if there is such a product ? Thanks
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Old 04-09-2008, 02:23 AM   #2
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Kleen Strip makes a great paint remover for fiberglass must be ordered Do not and I mean do not USE kleen strip aircraft remover, Must be Fiberglass paint remover.
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Plenty of opinions here....

Citrustrip sounds the most bio friendly.

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/show....php?t=1957829
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Was wondering what you guys use for fiberglass paint stripping that is enviromentally friendly if there is such a product ? Thanks



The best and safest product to remove paint from our cars is called (SANDPAPER) Really it is the safest way to do it but true it is a lot of work but worth it in the end.
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Old 04-09-2008, 12:02 PM   #5
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Razor blades are popular...
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CAPTAIN LEE'S SPRA' STRIP works extremely well. I've stripped three cars with great results. I have a soda blaster and found it to be too agressive unless the car has several prior paint jobs. Take your time and do a small section at a time like the instructions say.
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i used a heat gun and razor blades. Worked great with minimal fiberglass damage. I found that this method worked much better than the fiberglass stripper that i used.
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i used a heat gun and razor blades. Worked great with minimal fiberglass damage. I found that this method worked much better than the fiberglass stripper that i used.
Did the entire car that way.
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Holy crap man, you guys must have the patience of a saint in order to strip a car with razor blades.
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What kind of razor blade. I started out using an xacto knife. It works but it's going to be way to slow and dedious. Use one of those old large two edged razor blade? Seems a little dangerous to hold that in your hand. Is there some sort of a razor blade holder made especially for scrapping off paint.

My car has a thick red paint (urethane?) sprayed over primer which is in turn sprayed over a greenish-blue lacquer which is sprayed over primer which possible has the original malibu grey lacquer from the factory. I want to razor blade remove the urethane. The primer and lacquer underlayers can be easily (!!!!!) wet sanded off. I've wet sanded lacquer painted corvettes before - a warm day, a water hose, lots of wet sand paper, and several six packs of beer.

For the urethane, --- think I should use a stripper for it? I might try it on a sample part of the body. Might try the metal based sills first.
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I just finished stripping a hood . I started with sandpaper. A thick layer of old laquer paint gummed up any paper in seconds (hand sanding). I tried razor blades, but left a few deep scratches that I am now glassing over. I used a fiberglass stripper from the local auto paint store. It was actually pretty gentle, it never burned my skin, or damaged the glass. It was only effective for about 5 minutes, and required several applications as I went down through the layers. I used a plastic scraper to remove the soft paint. I finally got down to red oxide primer, and I found that Methy-ethyl-ketone took that right off on paper towels. I cleaned it down to bare glass, and began working on small cracks and scratches. I am heading out now to do a little work on it, since the weather is decent. I have a ton of blood red, snotty crap in the bottom of an old trash can now. It looks like a Texas Chainsaw Massacre in there
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I used single edge razor blades from Home Depot to remove the top layer of paint but I left the really hard parts so as not to gouge the fiberglass.

I used Citrustrip to strip the paint off from there. I used about 3 1/2 jugs of CS to do the car completely. It was mild and easy to use and cheap too.

After I had the whole car done I took it out and preasure washed it and here is a pic of the result.

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As you can see on the right you get really good results. The downside is you have to be PATIENT. I would paint on some CS and wait about 30 mins then paint on some more and then wait another 30 minutes and paint on some more wait another 30 minutes and then start removing the paint. Came off easily.

Here is a pic of the complete car stripped;

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