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Old 02-09-2005, 01:11 PM
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Removing console paint

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I am restoring a 72 SS El Camino and the console that I bought off E-Bay to put between the buckets has been painted. It was originally black (which is what I want). I want to remove the blue paint without ruining the grain that is on the plastic. Has anyone done this......if so what did you use to do so.......thanks........jerry

PS ...I have tried some paint removers in test areas and they remove the grain! But if you know of one that you have used I will test again..........j

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Old 02-09-2005, 01:58 PM
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paint stripper

I have used 3M Safest stripper with good succes. It takes longer to strip allowing you time to wipe off excess stripper that got on something you don't want stripped. It is very mild and you don't have to wear gloves.
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have you used it on paint that was on plastic ....abs or any hard plastic.....thanks
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I used it on the black crap they put on chrome. It allowed me time to clean excess off paint. Its water based. So you can clean it off with damp rag.
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I'll give her a try....thanks
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USE CAUSTIC SODA !! Get yourself a bucket big enough to fit your part in, and mix some caustic soda with water then put your part in. The only thing that you can't do this to is aluminum. You can get caustic soda from a chemical distributor. Look in the yellow pages. I paid around $50 for a 5 gal bucket of this stuff, and will last me a lifetime. It's the same chemical they use in hot tanks. Dan
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caustic soda

It can be purchased from Betz Dearborn.
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Sounds good.......I will try this also....jerry
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Caustic

caustic does not eat plastic but will eat you and possibly the finish on the plastic. do not mix it in hot water (warm it won't dissolve in cold) or it will blow back on you.
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I'm pretty sure the good old paint stripper from Home Depot won't bother the ABS used in that part. Get a quart and try a little on the inside to see if it bothers the plastic. Quart should do the whole job, and will definitely be faster and more effective.
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Check the hobby shop for paint stripper that they use to strip plastic model cars. It's not expensive but you may have to buy a quantity. It won't eat plastic.
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that sounds like a very good idea...I will try tomorrow.......thanks to all for the ideas....I will let you know which worked the best..........jerry
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Paint stripper(most), contain Methylene Chloride. This chemical will play tic-tac-doe on your brain. Caustic is "THE" way to go. I'm not saying you can eat the stuff, but it is safer, and has less fumes than paint stripper.Also, I disagree with the above post that paint stripper is faster. I made myself a tank with a water heater in the bottom for use with caustic, and have used it for years. Caustic is used in making soap, as well as equalizing water PH levels.
BTW!! Methylene Chloride will melt plastic!! This is the solvent that is used to weld acrylic plastic together. Dan
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Well gang.....
Any of the regular paint strippers( home depot type ) melted the plastic. The only one that worked was the 3M Safest Stripper. It is water based . It took a little time, but with patience it did take it off. I let it sit about 10 minutes and then wiped it off with a rag. It leaves a film that comes off with acetone, but keep using clean rags as you go...thanks for the help..........jerry
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