Removing multiple coats of paint...

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  1. rb_weaver

    rb_weaver New Member

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    I have a late 70's model Jacyco Cardinal that I love, but previous owner(s) have painted it so that it now has at least 2 coats of paint over the original. The outermost coat is pealing off in 2-3 inch flakes and the thing just looks awful.
    My question is, what would be a good method for removing the paint?
    Should I get it down to the bare aluminum skin before repainting?
    I really don't know how to go about tackling this. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Note: I would be doing this myself out in the driveway.
     
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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    If the paint is thick enough, you may be able to use an oscillating tool with a scraper blade to get the majority of paint off. Aluminum skin is thin, so be careful. Even an orbital sander can remove metal quick. A chemical remover may be the safest.
     
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    Thanks! I'll try a chemical remover first and see how it goes.
     
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    bheff Well-Known Member

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    Use "aircraft paint remover" found at Walmart and all auto part stores. Works amazingly well.
    Edit: dont buy the aerosol. Get the gell and brush it on.
     
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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    I would hit it with a pressure washer before breaking out a sander, oscillating tool or aircraft stripper.

    Aircraft stripper does work well, but it is a messy job.
     
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