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Old 08-31-2010, 06:16 PM   #1
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how can I remove the blue and red pinstriping?

Ok, so I stripped all the clear coat off with Removal. The pinstriping won't come off. It is old, weathered and has kind of "shattered" for a lack of better terms. It's in a million pieces, so no way to heat it up and remove it. Plus I have arthritis in my fingers a bit... Hard to peel anything!
Does anyone know of a stripping product that will eat right through the sticker/pinstriping. I have a 1979 TradeWind and it has some really thick blue striping. The thin, 1/4" line red is easier to get off and is not the problem. The deteriorated blue is.
Help! Note: I did try to put 2 coats and 2 applications of Removal on but that stuff only removes the clear coat. It did not take off any of the blue stuff.

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Old 08-31-2010, 06:41 PM   #2
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Try some zip strip semi paste paint remover. Bout seven bucks a can. It MIGHT work. Just leave it on for a FAT thirty minutes and see what happens.
Only other stuff is call OOPS' that you get at Walmart. Get the strongest they have on the shelf.

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Old 08-31-2010, 06:54 PM   #3
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I had to use that nasty paint removal goo - you have to use gloves as the stuff eats at your skin!

I got some plastic chisel-like scrapers at Harbor Freight to use on the old red and blue stripping...

I also used a heat gun with some success, along with the plastic 'chisels' to carefully scrape off the pieces...

Acetone was used last to help clean up the mess...

Yes, it was a nasty job that took several hours, but I was curious that the blue stripe had 'etched' the alum skin where it was attached, but the red stripe didn't???

Alas, the narrower red and blue tape stripping I applied as a replacement, has now, after two years, began to 'crack' with the constant expansion and contraction of the skin...sometimes you just can't win!

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Old 08-31-2010, 07:33 PM   #4
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If this is a pinstripe tape, there is a tool sold at autobody supply stores that is used with an electric drill to remove pinstripe. This shouldn't damage the aluminum because is is used on auto paint.
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Old 09-07-2010, 06:15 AM   #5
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Aircraft stripper worked.

So I took your advice and went to Advanced Auto Parts. Bought Aircraft aluminum stripper in a spray can. Wore vapor mask, long sleeves, chemical resistant gloves, safety glasses, long pants... you name it. I sprayed it on, waited 30 minutes and scraped it off, then power washed it. It too 2 coats but worked real well. My only tip is... DO NOT GET ONE DROP OF THIS ON YOU! It burns a hole right through your skin. One tiny sprayed drop got on my upper wrist. Holy Moly! Burnt bad. But the stuff does work. Safety First!
Thanks everyone!
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I suppose this will work on my moho striping as well. I will definitely wear goggles if it is as corrosive as you describe!

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