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Old 05-09-2009, 10:17 AM
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Anyone know how to remove pinstripes?

I have a 39 pontiac with base coat clear coat paint. About 5 years ago I had a guy pinstripe it using one shot enamel. I'd like to remove them now, without destroying the paint underneath. I had a pinstriper tell me to use easy off oven cleaner, but that sounds a bit harsh, anybody got any suggestions?

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Old 05-09-2009, 10:53 AM
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The oven cleaner will work . As long as it dont have clear shot over it. I have used it on a truck i had it didnt hurt anything on mine. Its not good on anything plastic . Im sure there is a better way im like you oven cleaner does sound alittle harsh but it does work. http://www.poffworld.com/Pinstripe.html . Cole

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I have also seen people wet sand with real fine sandpaper then buff it back to shine. Cole
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hey what about the wheels they use
to take off the glue off when you take
off emblems off cars my dad used one
when her took the emblems off has ford truck
they worked good and did not mess the paint at all
and it worked well
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:38 PM
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I couldn't imagine in a million friggin years spraying oven cleaner on your car! I know, I know, I have never tried it, but you know I am going to now! I'll do a little test on something from the metal bin, but I'd be damn if I would spray it on my street rod.

The eraser wheel won't work, that is a whole different story and it would do NOTHING.

The first thing I would do is try in an inconspicuous place a "solvent rub" test with a rag and lacquer thinner. This is a standard test for 2K products. If it softens the product being it primer, SS paint or clear that you are testing, then it isn't a real "2K" or it wasn't catalyzed properly.

In your case, if the clear is a urethane clear basecoat clear coat paint job that test should do nothing what so ever to the clear. If this is the case and the stripe is regular old "One Shot" as most stripers use, it ISN'T a "2K" and is not "cured" but merely dried. It will come off with the lacquer thinner on a rag.

Sanding it off is dangerous because it is so easy to sand the surrounding clear AS MUCH as the stripe. In other words you sand thru the clear BEFORE you sand the stripe off!!!

This can be done of course by using a block and being careful to ONLY sand the stripe. But the learning curve is pretty painful.

Also, there is a good chance that when you remove that stripe, you will be able to see where it was! Even though that clear may be a 2K you are asking a lot to run a stripe full of solvent over it without it biting in a little.

I have seen many times where when the stripe is carefully removed you can still see a "ghost" stripe there.

Brian

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I couldn't imagine in a million friggin years spraying oven cleaner on your car! I know, I know, I have never tried it, but you know I am going to now! I'll do a little test on something from the metal bin, but I'd be damn if I would spray it on my street rod.

The eraser wheel won't work, that is a whole different story and it would do NOTHING.

The first thing I would do is try in an inconspicuous place a "solvent rub" test with a rag and lacquer thinner. This is a standard test for 2K products. If it softens the product being it primer, SS paint or clear that you are testing, then it isn't a real "2K" or it wasn't catalyzed properly.

In your case, if the clear is a urethane clear basecoat clear coat paint job that test should do nothing what so ever to the clear. If this is the case and the stripe is regular old "One Shot" as most stripers use, it ISN'T a "2K" and is not "cured" but merely dried. It will come off with the lacquer thinner on a rag.

Sanding it off is dangerous because it is so easy to sand the surrounding clear AS MUCH as the stripe. In other words you sand thru the clear BEFORE you sand the stripe off!!!

This can be done of course by using a block and being careful to ONLY sand the stripe. But the learning curve is pretty painful.

Also, there is a good chance that when you remove that stripe, you will be able to see where it was! Even though that clear may be a 2K you are asking a lot to run a stripe full of solvent over it without it biting in a little.

I have seen many times where when the stripe is carefully removed you can still see a "ghost" stripe there.

Brian
Brian is right. I wouldnt spray it on my streetrod either but i did use it on a 97 ford i had that had painted pin strips all over it and it did remove it didnt hurt the paint seems like there was a little haze though and there was the dreaded GHOST STRIPE. It was still there. I have heard 3M has something to remove pinstriping with but i have never used it.myself i would leave it or repaint it. If it has clear over it no spray is gonna work anyway. Cole
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There's no clear over the stripes. I tried removing them from the headlights using 1500 grit emery, but it did screw up the clear coat. I tried soaking them and rubbing them with lacquer thinner, but it didn't take them off either, just made them dull. I may still resort to the oven cleaner, I just know how these things go, you start out trying to remove a stripe and end up repainting the whole car!
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If you do resort to oven cleaner apply it with a cuetip just on the pinstriping. And let it soak for a while then wipe it off. Thats how i did. Whatever you do dont just spray it on.. Cole
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Thanks, good advice, the Q-tip sounds like the way to go.
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+1 on Easy Off , (with the blue cap) It may leave a ghost so be advised...
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