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Old 07-30-2017, 06:02 PM
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Stripping old paint

I getting a 52 mercury M3 pickup that still has it's original paint. I would rather not sand blast but maybe soda, crushed glass or paint stripper. What would you recommend, anyone every use crushed glass?
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If all that is on it is original, I would try lacquer thinner on a scuff pad first. Stripper either works great or creates a mess for me, it's a try and see on this vehicle thing. I have worked on stuff blasted with just about everything, most recently either mainly walnut shells dry or a glass and soda mix used with water. I am a guy who believes in sanding after blasting and if I had to pick a favorite method for something not very rusty it would be soda or walnut. I don't pay a great deal of attention to what media is used, and prefer to work over steel sanded with 40 then 80 grit on a DA sander. Heck, that might be all you need.
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Thanks, not much rust. Lacquer thinner has got pretty expensive but wouldn't hurt to give it a try. What paint did they use back in the 50's.
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No sweat. Oh I'd guess it was still lacquer but could be an enamel. Don't know but it only takes a dab of thinner to try, and that would work to some degree on either. Stuff with only one paint job on it is usually easiest to just sand off. Again, yes sandpaper is sky high but tough ol 40 grit goes a long way. If you start sanding and the paper clogs fast, that's when thinner comes into play. Like if a grinder just melts and smears it into a sticky mess that defies stripper and sandpaper. If that happens, it's your cue to wash it off with solvent instead. Reducer that dries slower than cleanup thinner might work better but yep it's all high.
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So how'd it go. Big mess? Need some pointers on chemical stripping? Its actually Not messy at all and very quick way to remove paint and primer right down to the steel., But you need to know tricks and prep it correctly Or it could be a nightmare.
Post some pictures, take the time to fill out where your from (top right) sounds like an interesting project.
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I got the truck on Thursday, I bought a 100lb blaster from Eastwood and 400lb of media from Northern Tool ($9.98) 50Lb bag. The bed was in really bad shape which didn't show up in the ebay add so my son and I took it off and I'm going to make a stake bed out of the truck. This truck was used on a farm and it has a lot of stress cracks in the cab and front fenders but I can fix them. The blaster worked pretty well after I figured out how to set the valves correctly. I will probably sand the large areas.
One of my biggest challenges is how to get the front cal and fenders off without screwing them up. They used carriage bolt so you can loosen them but then they just turn, Probably will have to grind them off. I'm hoping that I can use my English wheel to remove all the dent in the fenders. It's going to be a long project but it will give me something to do with my son.
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I'm 8 miles south of Daytona Beach. I'll post some pictures soon.
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