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Old 10-21-2018, 03:51 PM
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Fiberglass pain stripping

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my 34 ford fiberglass paint is checking.from what i have herd the only way around this is stripping the paint.any ideas would be much appreciated. thank you

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You heard right. Beyond that, you have to take away the cracked material even if the problem's root is in the fiberglass itself. In order to determine a proper course of action, you'll remove material until cracks are gone. On the 'glass itself, cleaning with wax and grease remover after sanding away all visible cracks and blowing dust out with compressed air helps to reveal more cracks because the solvent wiil be wet inside them after the solvent on the surface dries. It can be tough to find them all.

Once you determine the extent of the issue, post pictures if you can. My fiberglass experience is fairly basic but others here with more advanced knowledge can be more specific if you show the problem.

Expect the cracks to be the tip of an iceberg, thats usually the case. If it turns out to be just paint thats cracked, consider yourself fortunate. Theres not a shortcut that lasts many years before the issue reappears, if the fiberglass is the root cause. Fiberglass is, by nature, imperfect. Cracks may or may not represent defective manufacturing, and some cracks are pretty much expected eventually in any of it.
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hey guys,
my 34 ford fiberglass paint is checking.from what i have herd the only way around this is stripping the paint.any ideas would be much appreciated. thank you
Post a few photos so we can see where this is happening. A few close up, then a few a ways away so we can see WHERE it is on the body.

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34 checked paint

thanks for the info.i was given two diferent prices to strip and repaint. one was 8000 the other 6000. both over my budget,so i am doing it myself[just the stripping]the guy for 6000 said he would use razor blades to strip.doyou think that is what i should use?this is my first atempt ,so once again any help is appreciated.will sends pics.of what i am up against tomorrow. thanks
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paint checking on fiberglass

hey guys,here are some pics. of paint checking on my 34 fiberglass.the car was built in 86 and this is the original paint,so it is probably laquer.looks like it wood come off easiClick image for larger version

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Oh my goodness, I have not dealt with anything that bad. A filler and paint redo in modern products could buy quite a bit of time. But it looks to me like the fiberglass is showing its age. I can't be much help though, and maybe its not as bad as I think. I hope not.
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the paint is old lacquer checking. the stars are rock chips in the glass itself .
using a razor blade and heat gun on low is the best route to take. it takes a little practice but goes fast once you get the hang of it. use a razor blade holder. rub the blade backward on your jeans or the surface to curl the edge slightly . take small 1/4 strips at first.
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thanks for the info. sounds good .appreciate it.
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