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Old August 29th 07, 02:28 AM posted to rec.crafts.metalworking
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Default Best way to strip flaking paint on a trailer body and sheetmetal

On Aug 28, 11:07 am, Gunner wrote:
Ive mated the "utility body" I swapped for, with the trailer I
scrounged up and am now at the point I need to do something about
painting, prior to wiring and bling.

The utility body..your typical Reading plumbers truck body, all bins
and whatnot, has badly peeling paint. While the base metal is looks nasty.

What is the best way to strip off the old paint? My sandblaster buddy
is busy as hell and Ive been afraid that sandblasting may warp the
thin metal doors. Hitting it with a cup brush for a half day in 105F
heat is also unattractive.....and is likely to put swirls in the sheet
metal doors.

Buy a couple gallons of paint stripper?

Suggestions are gladly considered


I've done a whole car with stripper, one panel at a time. It's messy,
it's nasty, it's FAST. I started in with a sander on the hood. A
half hour later I had an overheated sander, an overheated hand and an
empty box of sandpaper. Oh, and about a 1 foot square down to
primer. Tough stuff, that factory paint, no matter how nasty it
looked. So went over to the body shop supply, picked up a quart of
aircraft finish stripper. 15 minutes after application, the paint had
bubbled off and just rinsed away. You have to be ready with prep and
prime, things rust quick! Sounded like frying bacon when it was doing
its stuff. You might not be able to get the good stuff in CA, though,
what with CARB and all. Just don't treat any more than you can prep
before stuff rusts up. Protective gear strongly recommended and no
plastic soles unless you like sliding around in the remains of your
shoes. I tried cheaper strippers from the hardware store, they didn't
even get the paint gummy.