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Old 02-15-2004, 09:10 AM
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Chemical stripper...cost and effectiveness.

For my Camaro, i was thinking about using a chemical stripper on it to get the body completly bare, then painting it. Would that be the best way to do it? How much would this cost to do, how long would it take. Thanks

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Old 02-15-2004, 09:16 AM
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Don't know how much it costs, but if you do it, make sure that you really clean it off good when done. Any trace of it will affect how your new primer and paint sticks. Make sure that you get it out of every nook and cranny also.

I think you would be better of getting it bead blasted off. They have blast media now that wont hurt the glass etc.
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Old 02-15-2004, 09:17 AM
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I would have to have someone blast it, any idea on that cost of that?
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No idea......we have a blast cabinet at work, for small parts. It uses plastic pellets to blast with. Works good. The largest piece I have done is a fender.
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It depends on the condition of the existing paint...If the paint is not cracked or checked then I would just D/A and spray. when you strip it down you have to redo all the existing filler.

If the paint is bad then you have to strip it to bare metal. Chemical stripping is alot cheaper than having someone come out and blast the whole car.

I chemical stripped mine, it took me a while. I had to go over everthing twice, but the car had two coats of paint on her. after I stripped it with chemical stripper then I used the D/A to get it perfectly clean.

good luck on your project!
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Old 02-15-2004, 12:48 PM
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blast that paint off!

I had a 64 Impala done. Sand blasted the shell, windows removed, gutted. everything including the dash was sanded. The fenders were removed but the doors where left on but all the paint around the door frame and under the hood and trunk were sand blasted. A year after the car was sand blasted, acid etched and sealer primed I started working on the body again and every time I opened a door or the hood or the trunk sand fell out. I painted the car and the dash and sand fell out. I installed the wiring and the dash gages and sand fell out and when I put the windows back in sand fell out. The car was vacumed and blown off and driven and sand fell out. I don't recommend sand blasting the whole car, maybe disassembeld parts so you can remove all the sand but not the shell, maybe media blasting would not be so much of a pain??


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rubberman i own a shop in youngstown ohio and i sent out a 55 chevy to have it media blasted . inside&outside of the body,2 fenders,2 doors,hood ,decklid,4 wheels,and 2 splash pans .and i got all this done for $750 excellent work no warpage of any panels ,and a quick turnaround . the place is called strip master they are in rootstown ohio , ask for ben he is very nice and will take good care of you ,im sorry i dont have the number with me its at my shop. good luck jim
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Thanks Fisher, but thats to much money for me, i think ill just DA it. When i did some body work i could get to bare metal REALLY fast, so i think i can do it fast. What kind of shop do you own, what kind of rates do you have? If you want you can pm with them, instead of posting them. Maybe ill drop by sometime.
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Hey man last year when I had my pinto I chemical stripped it took allot longer then I thought. I strip it inside and out it took about 3 weeks and prolly close to 300 bucks of chemical stripper. It really helps to use a 3m rust removing disc and a die grinder. I usually put on the stripper then die grind the paint off while the stripper starts to bubble the paint then I get a brush and start scraping the paint away. I wouldn't use chemical stripper thought on too much like around doors where there is factory seam sealer and bondo and all that stuff. A small project can become huge using this stuff beware. It does the job though and its easy.
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Rubberman....What would necessitate taking it to bare metal in the first place. Too many coats of paint? If you have the factory paint, just leave it on there and sand it down to scuff it. As long as the basre paint is in good shape and not peeling you will be fine. Or are there other problems.

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i used chemical stripper before at the shop i used to work at. in my opinion it's a pain in the butt. they have places that will acid dip the entire body or just panels. it usually takes two to three days for their turnaround. i'd take a look at doing that, that way you don't have to worry about the mess, and they clean it for you afterward, although i'd recommend another cleaning when you get the parts back. anyways, that's just my $.02
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The paint is to thick ...sorry it took so long to reply.
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Try calling International Paint Stripping. They do car bodys all the time. 734. 942.0500
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