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Old 12-05-2006, 07:10 PM
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Removing paint

Anybody used 7" cleaning and stripping discs that resemble a Scotch-Brite with an angle sander like a De-walt DW849? I know they will remove the paint but my concern is what condition does it leave the panel. I'm planning on stripping a whole car but I don't want wavy panels that will require days of blocking and many coats of high build to get it flat again. I want to go to bare metal and don't want the hassel of chemical stripping. The DW849 is variable speed so what speed should I use with these pads? Any advise would be appreciated.


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It'll work just watch your heat buildup, check the panel temp with your hand-if the metal is hot you're turning the disc too fast. You'll also need to sand the metal with 80 grit to provide the right texture if applying epoxy. The red discs don't leave enough texture IMO. The black Clean-n-strip 3M discs also work extremely well. Test a spot and see how it goes.
Chemical stripper really isn't all that messy if done right, tape off all the panel openings, use plastic, etc... and it works by itself while you work on other parts of the job. Bob
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