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Some Paint Stripping Help

Im painting the side skirts for the GF car and i got one done great and the other i dunno what went wrong. basically i need to strip it down bare and redo it. any good suggestions??
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Aircraft remover. Its a jel you brush on let sit and it will remove anything. The paint will literally bubble off of the metal. Stuff is wicked. Powder coat spray paint ANYTHING. Including Skin. Dont get it on you it BUUURRNSS! Pick it up at local auto shop.
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Aircraft remover. Its a jel you brush on let sit and it will remove anything. The paint will literally bubble off of the metal. Stuff is wicked. Powder coat spray paint ANYTHING. Including Skin. Dont get it on you it BUUURRNSS! Pick it up at local auto shop.
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Aircraft remover. Its a jel you brush on let sit and it will remove anything. The paint will literally bubble off of the metal. Stuff is wicked. Powder coat spray paint ANYTHING. Including Skin. Dont get it on you it BUUURRNSS! Pick it up at local auto shop.
is it safe on plastic/fiberglass tho? side skits arnt normally metal
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is it safe on plastic/fiberglass tho? side skits arnt normally metal
Yes! thank you i was gonna ask that. These are fiberglass with a gelcoat.
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stop into an automotive painter supply store. they will have something
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is it safe on plastic/fiberglass tho? side skits arnt normally metal
No! On plastic if you leave it for too long it will start to eat away at the plastic and bubble.
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SEM makes a paint stripper for plastic and fiberglass parts. Use that. It comes in an aerosol and it should work well for you. Just clean the crap out of it after its all done. I feel your pain man, stripping parts SUCKS.
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Ok I have a question along these same lines, could I use that SEM product to strip niteshade off of a third brake light?
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itll cloud the plastic so i wouldnt reccomend it. id sand it off and clear the lens again
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prob a possibility you will damage the lense or cloud it. prob will need to wet sand it after and polish back to a shine
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itll cloud the plastic so i wouldnt reccomend it. id sand it off and clear the lens again
Thats what I was planning on doing, thanks. Figured stripper might be a little easier lol
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and where might one purchase this SEM product?
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Auto body paint stores should have it. Some parts of the country even Napa has it but ya gotta check for yourself :D
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You shouldnt need a stripper for plastic sideskirts.


Do you have a DA? if so get some 600 grit sand paper, sand it down to the bare plastic the sand with 800 grit, clean, prime, paint wet sand, then clear.
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For most plastic and metal stuff you can just use lacquer thinner, which is what I normally use with good results.

That aircraft stripper is AMAZING, I used to use that at a shop I worked at.
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id stay away from laquer thinner on most plastics. its a pretty aggressive solvent and can attach the plastic itself. The last you want to do is start wiping the plastic down and have it melt or get all sticky on you. that would suck. In some cases it can also leach oils out of the plastic and cause problems later on, but its not THAT common.

Aircraft stripper works awesome.... on metal. itll totally ruin plastic. That and it smells like windex but burns like hell.



What happened that its gotta get stripped anyway? Is it just basecoat on there? primer? a full paint job that went to hell?
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basecoat and primer.. just some really bad runs and alot of bad spots. new gun wasnt dialed in good enough. my fault. just want to start over. so im guessing its best to usea DA sander and some sand paper.. someone on here said 600.. not even close for stripping. lol
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