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Old 06-18-2003, 10:45 PM
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nice raw metal

i would like to know the steps to go from 90 coats of paint to slick bare metal. i have the best air tools-- body file, adj speed sander, and gravity gun all from snap-on and matco.
i need to know what paper grits, if i need to use a stripper or not, and the steps in doing so.
great thanks for any info

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Old 06-18-2003, 11:23 PM
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Sup iv been stripping my car from hella coats of paint to. Iv been using Aircraft low odor paint remover it works great but costs like 20 bucks a gallon at an auto parts store. Iv also been using a Paint & Rust stripper attachment that goes on the end of a die grinder.. IT works great makes the metal real nice when done it softenz the body filler off of the car thought. Thats all iv done with the whole paint stripping scene good luck
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Old 06-19-2003, 08:02 AM
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Sandblasting is probably one of the best ways of cutting through all of that stuff. Just have to be careful because like anything, it creates heat, and can cause warpage.

I've been stripping my panels with a DA-Sander, and it's not much fun. I only have a siphon sandblaster, I don't think it has enough "UMPH" to blast large panels.
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I've been stripping my 73 Nova for about a year, it just takes so long b/c i'm just using an orbital sander and well i can't stand the smell, but lately i've really been getting into it a lot. I use like paint and refinisher stripper, burns the skin thoe if ya get enough on ya for awhile, but i would use it like soften up the paint and then i would take off the paint while it was wet with a putty knife, works pretty good and gets to the primer pretty quick. thats my help as i said i don't do much but i try
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Old 06-19-2003, 09:42 PM
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i have a gravity feed sand blaster--brand new never seen sand and i was wondering if i can use cheap play sand (sand box)?
also what grit discs do you use on the sander or grinder? i have about 1,000 80 grit discs.
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Old 06-19-2003, 10:33 PM
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80 grit is ok. 60 or 40 would cut paint faster. ive never used anything but 50# sand box sand in the bag.........
personally, i like an angle grinder with either a wire wheel or a 3m green flapwheel sanding disk............
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I use 80, but 40 does cut faster...and you'll end up changing out disks quite frequently because you'll certainly recognize a new disk cuts-hella fast, and once it wears down some, the pace slows considerably.
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thanks for the posts.
but can anyone give me some "dumb *****" directions?
like step 1 blah, step 2 blah, and so on?
please help.
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Old 06-21-2003, 07:24 AM
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Which ever way you choose make sure you use the proper safety gear. Some methods don't take prisoners.
One method of stripping filler I have read about uses a hot air gun, apparently, you warm the filler up and use a scraper to remove it in lumps. Mind you, you need to be careful with heat and body panels but it would save putting clouds of dust around.
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