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Old 06-27-2012, 12:58 PM
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Spray Painted Interior Panels

I just spent about 45 minutes trying to remove black spray paint from my back interior panels, which were originally grey. After scrubbing, it looks like panels had been sprayed with a primer too. I tried sandpaper, which is slowly removing it, and I even tried oven cleaner. I read in another forum that it worked pretty well on plastics. Has anyone ever tried paint thinner or remover on their panels? I know those chemicals are strong and could damage the plastics, but has anyone tried it? At the rate I'm going, it will take me forever to get these panels free of the black paint.

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I'm going to ask the obvious question (to me, at least)-is this "spray paint" Catalyzed or Spray bomb?
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I have no idea. Im assuming just regular spray paint.
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I have no idea. I am assuming just regular spray paint.
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If it's a spray "bomb", Laquer Thinner will take it off, but you gotta be quick about it or it may soften the good Paint underneath-if it's catalyzed, I'm afraid your sandpaper route may be your best bet-

Hopefully you'll have enough material left to buff it out afterwards-
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Are your original panel molded in the proper colour, or were they too painted?
If they are molded in colour, then use caustic soda, lye, drain cleaner or oven cleaner. They are all basically the same (caustic) and they will melt the paint without damaging the plastic, even if your panels are made from ABS.
Do not use lacquer thinner, because it will damage the plastic or at least fade it. Try to find out what material the panels are made from by locating a stamp on the inside. 99% of plastic products have this stamp.

If the original panels were painted from the factory, then just respray them with vinyl die which can be purchased in spray bombs in the proper factory colour. I've done this tons of times with excellent results.

Give us an idea of what vehicle you're working on as well as colour code if possible.
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I just spent about 45 minutes trying to remove black spray paint from my back interior panels, which were originally grey. After scrubbing, it looks like panels had been sprayed with a primer too. I tried sandpaper, which is slowly removing it, and I even tried oven cleaner. I read in another forum that it worked pretty well on plastics. Has anyone ever tried paint thinner or remover on their panels? I know those chemicals are strong and could damage the plastics, but has anyone tried it? At the rate I'm going, it will take me forever to get these panels free of the black paint.
When you say "panels", are you referring to door panels, or hard plastic parts? Mineral Spirits is the solvent for contact adhesive, and won't harm vinyl, leather, Ultraleather, or hard plastic. If these are hard plastic DO NOT USE LACQUER THINNER, it can melt some plastics.

Vinyl dye will not work over paint, you need a completely clean surface to dye vinyl, plastic, leather, etc.
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Something that works on most plastics is brake fluid. Pour it on and let it soak for a while. It loosens the paint so it can be removed. Just wash the parts good after with soap and water to remove the residue, and prep as usual for your new paint.

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