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Old 01-14-2011, 08:29 AM
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Chevy Paint falling off

I have a white 1995 chevy Suburban 4x4. Factory paint is falling off which seems to be normal for chevy trucks around that year.
What is the best way to remove all the exterior paint and primer in order to prep it for new paint? I am commited to completly restoring this vehicle, dont want to get another one. Have already invested in new engine, rebuilt trans, all new steering linkage and front axels and rear locker.

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80 grit with a DA is the best choice. If you have any more questions just post somebody will answer.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:17 AM
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Trade it off at the stealership and get your 500.00 trade in and then make a 700.00 payment for the next 60 months, once paid off, take it in the shorts again. Or you can be smart and do what you're planning. 80 grit on a DA and since it's white, you can even do it panel by panel from sanding to paint and probably not be able to tell it was painted by individual panels.
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Thanks for the feedback.
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I think Chevy used waterbase on trucks built about that time in California. They were known for failures.
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their is sand blasting and soda blasting im not sure if you have to pull your car apart for that stripper thats a nightmare and 80 on a DA like it was said but iff your car is like my bros 91 caddy its so thin you can sand to metal with 120 by hand
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Before you sand everything with 80 grit, take a razor blade scraper to it. Most of the paint should just fly right off. That will keep you from waisting sand paper and having to sang the truck multiple times. Remember you're going to have to sand the 80 grit scratches out.
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thanks again for the info.
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i say try with some 150-220 first, just to get a feel of how thick it is. White is a pretty forgiving color, so you shouldnt have to get it PERFECT just for a simple recoat, like you would with black/red and the worst ive tried to get to look good....green! *shivers!*
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I have to go all the way to bare metal on the entire truck. The factory paint is not bonding to the primer. When I tried to repaint on the factory primer it flaked right off.
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Hit it with the razor blade. There will probably be some places that are stuck good, but the majority will come right off. Then hit the stuck on paint with the more aggressive paper, but sand everything with 180-220 then prime.
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Go over it with an air hose first.
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I am not sure what you mean by using air on it.
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An airhose (blow gun) has a good chance of lifting the really loose paint. Tape can do wonders as well. Stick and peel. This was actually the test GM used to qualify one for needing a repaint. If it passed the tape test, it didn't get painted under warranty.
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Thanks for explaning the air hose. I'll give it a try in the am.
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