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56Cameo 07-19-2004 12:32 PM

Where in NorCal is good stripper?
Where in northern CA can I find a good paint stripper? East Bay Area.
I would like to take in my body panels (hood, fenders, etc.) and get them dipped and stripped. Some of them still have the thick undercoating on them which makes it hard to do by hand.Thanks.

MARTINSR 07-19-2004 06:35 PM

Crown Chevrolet in Dublin plastic media blasts, I highly recommend them. They set up shop to do the GM paint failures in the eighties and do a great job, zero damage to the metal, very nice.

56Cameo 07-20-2004 07:36 PM

Thanks for the info. Is media blasting better than chemical stripping? Or even more to the point, is it less expensive?

302 Z28 07-21-2004 05:00 AM

With the enviro nuts running California, I doubt the average joe can get his hands on any decent stripper. If you know of an aircraft service company, or a local FBO (fixed base operator) they may have some real aircraft stripper. The stuff in auto parts stores labeled "aircraft stripper" is just a maketing ploy.


BarryK 07-21-2004 05:46 AM


Originally posted by 302/Z28
With the enviro nuts running California, I doubt the average joe can get his hands on any decent stripper.


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Right on!
This is why its so important to vote!
Before this happens in your state.

MARTINSR 07-21-2004 07:47 AM

We are looking at a number of different things here.

First off, yes California has been the first to restrict many industries from polluting the air and water. Some of it is over the top, some of it is needed. Have any of you been to Mexico? That is what it looks like when you leave it up to the people to decide what to do to the environment. You have filth running in the gutters and people living in plywood homes with dirt floors. Some rules are good to have.

Second and more to the point. Cameo, what exactly do you mean by "stripper"? Do you mean a place that would "dip" the parts stripping off every spec of anything off the metal? Or do you simply mean someone who would use a chemical striper to strip the paint off the outside of the parts?

Those are two completely different animals. A "dip" where the part or body is completely immersed in an acid solution is a pretty serious deal. EVERY SINGLE bit of sealant in seams is stripped for instance. The inside of rockers where you can't protect from future rusting is stripped. It REALLY strips the metal clean. A lot of the surfaces are very hard to protect once striped. I personally feel if you car really needs that, you have the wrong car, it is too far gone. There are some places where you can get your car dipped in Ca. I don't know where they are being I don't use them, but I have seen it discussed on the forums.

"Chemically striping" with something like "Aircraft stripper" or "Jasco" (a couple of the better brands) is a sloppy mess to do and there are some people out there who will do it for you. It is a filthy job that is very dangerous (I had a buddy who just about lost his finger prints after doing a car!) It is something I don't recommend.

Plastic Media or sanding the paint off is my personal choice. Plastic media will NOT touch rust, so if you need rust cleaned up you will have to sand blast those areas (extreme caution must be used as to not warp any metal) or use some metal conditioner or something like that to prepare those areas.

The stripper wouldn't tough rust to speak of either, dipping would. Dipping would strip all rust. THAT is a big advantage if you went with that.

What kind of strip job are we talking about? Just paint off the fenders?

56Cameo 07-22-2004 08:29 PM

I am looking to get rid of the paint and undercoating on the hood and the two front fenders. They have no rust, but after hand stripping and sanding the bed metal, rear fenders, and rear half of the frame, I was hoping to find something easier and quicker. I thought a "dip" shop would be the easiest. The hood and fenders do not have hidden areas which could not be resealed like the cab. I do not plan to "dip" the cab. It has the usual rust in the rear cab corners and on the lower front area of the doors. These I will take care of with patch panels.
My initial question still stands. Where is a "dipping" shop in the Bay Area? They don't seem to be listed in the "yellow pages".

MARTINSR 07-22-2004 11:27 PM

I have no idea what city but I believe there is one called "Redi-Strip". I seem to remember them being in Sonoma county.

I would think you would call the paint jobbers in town, they may have an idea. Of course if you pick up a GoodGuys gazzete or or or....darn I can't remember the persons name. "Something" Flyer. They have been handing them out at swapmeets around northern Ca for decades. It just hit me, Thompson flyer. :)

56Cameo 07-23-2004 09:10 PM

Thanks, I'll check them out.
Also, thanks to MARTINSR for submitting the three excellent essays on painting, welding and body work. They answer a lot of questions.

Man of Steel 04-28-2011 10:03 PM

American stripping in Sacramento. They have done thousands of media blastings, including many expensive rrestorations. They can do exactly what you need done, very good company.

deadbodyman 04-29-2011 05:59 AM


Originally Posted by 56Cameo
Where in northern CA can I find a good paint stripper? East Bay Area.

My wifes sister lives near there I'll PM you her number,

Old Fool 04-29-2011 06:58 AM


Originally Posted by deadbodyman
My wifes sister lives near there I'll PM you her number,

Why doesn't this suprise me, roflmao.

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