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Old 01-07-2011, 08:38 PM
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How to remove hand painted graphics

I have a 70s aluminum dragster body hand painted by Jim the painter. (Phila)
Over time the graphics and lettering have become brittle, for lack of better word, some of the paint can be removed with just a brush of my hand and other parts are still well adhered.What would be the best method to strip the body for re paint? I hate to do it but I think it's pretty far gone.[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 01-07-2011, 09:49 PM
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If want to save it you could probably get a few years out of it by applying a few coats of urethane clear over it. If I stripped it I would take LOTS of photos before you do incase it is something you want to redo some day. Have you done a lot of good research on the car's history? You never know you may have a treasure if you leave it alone!

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Old 01-07-2011, 09:53 PM
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I have lots of pictures and also have the full history on the the car.

I had a FED chassis I bought in Fla.($500.00), It turned out to be a Don Long, one of eight built 67-68 with hand brake and a foot brake and the only one unaccounted for,one of two built for the Snake,it turned into a bidding war between Hanna, Long, Garlits and others it is now at Don Longs shop. I know what you mean about history! Thanks

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Is it worth saving?

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Old 01-07-2011, 10:15 PM
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It was built by Walt Weny at S&W speed shop in 1974, now S&W race cars for his salesman Stokes Hellerman
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Well, like I say, does it have any real racing history, is it a famous car in some way, is it worth saving? Not too many of those cars left, I would maybe give the Don Garlits museum a call, never know what you may have.
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if done in lettering enamels you can use easyoff oven cleaner to remove the lettering .
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Will that effect the paint underneath
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no . we have used this to remove lettering from race cars for years. try it down low somewhere. but i have never had it touch anything else but the air dry enamel .
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How about if the enamel had no hardener added? I know I shot plenty of Acrylic Enamel back in the seventies without hardener! Hell, that was another 10 or 12 bucks as I remember. I remember when I painted my truck in 77 the paint was about 28 bucks for the gallon (PPG Acr Ena). I did add hardener to that but damn that was my pride and joy so blowing a wad of cash ($40 ) was worth it.

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doubtful. unhardened enamel would last about 30 sec around race fuel . like i said try a spot low and see. but i have used it on race cars painted in the 60's.
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Thanks Shine, I will try the oven cleaner.
Should I spray it on the car or on a rag
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it will take it off pretty quick even on a rag. like i said try a spot low on the body color. put it on a rag and rub on it. it the color comes off you may have a problem. just be sure the color is clean and not oxidized . but i doubt it will touch the body color.
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You could try stripping the paint graphics with a hard back razor blade.

Are you trying to just strip the graphics, scuff the paint and then re-coat?
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Yes alittle1 thats the plan, strip the lettering and re-paint white
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