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Old 01-08-2017, 05:59 PM
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Can you remove spray paint without damaging the original finish?

As the title says I'm wondering if there's a good way to get spray paint off. When I bought my Monte Carlo the seller had sprayed satin black over the original paint. He told me the previous owner had babied it and kept it in a garage where the side got scratched up from kids bikes... but otherwise it was in good shape. Everything looked good and the price was right so I was happy. Over time I noticed some bubbling at the top of the quarter panel to rear window area. It recently cracked so I popped a little piece off.
I was expecting the paint underneath to be scuffed for the spray job or oxidized clear coat but it looks immaculate. I know that's only a small spot but I'm wondering if there's a way to get the rest off and maybe just have to touch up the scratches. This probably isn't something I'd do until I'm done with everything else but I'd like to know if it's something to put in my overall plan.


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What year is the car? GM used lacquer up into the eighties I believe, then changed to a urethane. There were some California cars made with waterborne as I remember too. I don't know where your car was made or what year but that would make a BIG difference if it's original paint.

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It's an 85 & I have the original bill of sale from Virginia. The original owner lived in a rural area and I was told he only took it out on weekends. The interior is in decent original condition and there's not a speck of rust on the frame so I would think it's original paint.


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Try some lacquer thinner in a small spot to see if it takes off the spray paint without damaging the original paint. You might even be able to buff it off with compound.
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Depending on how heavy it is, a clay bar may be the first thing. Is it a "coat" like application or is it "overspray?"


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The whole thing is repainted. It's pretty thick and a lighter color on the inside. I was hoping I could spray something that would make it peel up without damaging the finish underneath.


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The guy said it was vht satin black & When I googled it the only thing that came up is high temperature.


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This is not sounding very good! You REALLY need to post some good photos! Don't touch that sucker until you post some photos to give us a better idea of what you are talking about.

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Well things have been pretty hectic lately but I finally got around to getting a pic.
Looks a little dull but I feel like it would be pretty tough to touch up what's chipping. Almost seems like you could keep picking off pieces till there's nothing left.


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The metal was not prepped correctly before the primer was applied. You should not be able to flake it down to bare metal.

Sand that down to bare metal and shoot it with a epoxy primer to seal it in for now and prevent rust. If your a ways off and your driving the thing you could shoot a bit of paint over it if your careful color matching. But it is not a fix just a cover so you can drive the thing without that one spot standing out.

When your ready to paint the car your going to find other areas that suffer from this lack of preparation.
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pressure washer.

I have removed paint that isn't adhered very well with my 3500 psi pressure washer. even some factory water base will come off with the pressure washer.
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You might try mild solvents starting with mabe mineral spirits, then 3812, then W&G remover, Laquer thinner, etc. getting progressively more aggressive, untill you find one that will wash it off without damaging the finish underneath. then wash it off. It will be a slow process, and you may find
that you might as well strip and re-paint, after you find issues under the spray can paint, that won't buff out.
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Can you remove spray paint without damaging the original finish?

Yeah that's pretty much the plan. It won't be happening for a while but I'm not in any rush. Mostly interested in doing what I can myself and learning. I'm on a budget so it might be maaco or something but I'd like a decent paint job after putting a bunch of work into the car.


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