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.
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.
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
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.
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;
Last edited by VetteThunder1; 04-10-2008 at 12:13 AM.