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Old 12-20-2006, 05:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How to remove spray paint from Aluminum and SS?

I picked up a screaming deal on a VSC Phantom with an elusive 14" DYE boomstick, one catch: the whole rig was assaulted with a rattle can and now I want to get every fleck of this spray paint off--any suggestions?

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Old 12-20-2006, 08:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Aircraft Remover.

Seriously, that's what it's called. You can get it at Pep Boys. Works like a charm.Aircraft Remover
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree the aircraft remover is the best way to go. It comes in spraybombs too which is very handy. Sometimes if they used cheap spraypaint you can just wipe it right off with laquer thinner.
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Simple Green concentrate cleaner de-greaser, it's none toxic and none corrosive, just soak anything you need to strip in the stuff overnight, you simply wipe it off the next day.
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've gone about it the much more troublesome way. Let everything soak in really hot dish water and scrape with fingernails or something plastic.

It works, albeit slowly.

Don't use nailpolish remover. Even if you have it around the house. It works, but the fumes are awful.
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Most good solvents have doomsday like fumes.

Go over to ace hardware or something and look through the solvents, towards the bottom shelf. Look for the most toxic thing you can find it will probably work best.

Fortunately annodized aluminum wont be really harmed by most stuff that works really well on paint so youl get the paint off long before any anno damage happens. GL
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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one thing to think about before using any type of concentrate cleaner/ de-greaser is that it can ruin the ano on aluminum. it will also streak aluminum. i would avoid using it at all.
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Try oven cleaner. It is supposed to work on all kinds of paint for removal.
However, I can't be responsible for the amount of how much paint comes off
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Old 12-20-2006, 03:44 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Don't use oven cleaner, it removes anno. Use a more mild paint stripper, it should remove paint without damaging anno (at least the stuff I used didn't hurt anno).

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I used Greased Lightening on the tires of a truck one time....Took the paint right off the stock ford rims..
Had some very clean rubber there though.
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