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Old 12-22-2014, 07:47 PM   #1
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Removing Zolatone from interior back end cap

I have the interior skins out of my '61 Safari. The front end cap is fiberglass. The Zolatone on it washed up nice and looks decent. The back end cap is aluminum panels and the Zolatone on it was far more corrupted. When I power washed it, much of it blasted off exposing the clean shiny aluminum underneath. I plan to have our "Master" bedroom in the back and would like to get the whole end cap to a mirror shine. (yeah baby, mirrors on the ceiling! )

Can anyone point me to a how-to for getting all the Zolatone paint off? I'm assuming I want to do it before I reinstall the skins.

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Old 12-24-2014, 07:43 AM   #2
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I used paint stripped that comes in a gold can from Home Depot. I forget the name but it starts with a J. Nasty stuff but it gets it off. The real question is how to seal the polished look so it doesn't corrode when it is touched or just over time. Let me know if anyone has an answer.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:51 PM   #3
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Jasco Epoxy and Paint remover. Wear a respirator and chemical gloves. Stuff burns on contact with skin, but washes off with water.
I've heard Rustoleum clear coat works well in areas where the sun won't eat it up.
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end cap paint removal

I used the paint stripper in the gold can from home depot and airplane stripper both work but are extreme. They will eat the gloves off you hands and since you will be applying it above your head look out for drips to your face. After being burned alive on the front cone switched to Citrustrip. It does take longer to lift but it will work. I painted it on thick waited 3 hours then scrapped off the other 5 layers of latex with a Bondo knife then put it on again and washed it off with water and 0000 steel wool. Then polished it with Nuvite. I have a 56 Flying Cloud so both cones are aluminum 13 panel.lots of rivets to clean but worth the time. Now I'm sure there will be 50 conterdicion to my way but it's just that "my way"
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Thanks, the end cap is out so I can do it on the ground. I will try the nasty stuff first.
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:47 PM   #6
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OK, I am into this now with the Jasco and it's proving to be much slower and more difficult than I was hoping...(wait, that pretty much describes this whole project! )

Please share any tips you have or point out things I might be missing.

The directions to paint in on, I find I need to slather/glob it on to get any results and I have to apply it where gravity will let it pool, vs. run and dry.

I wait ~15 minutes, some spots will be "lifted" and some seem barely affected. Did you guys find it was better to let it sit for more or less time?

I shook it up pretty good but it's still fairly jelly-like with some lumps that don't break down. Is this normal? I am almost through a quart and I think I'll need a gallon to finish the one end cap...sound right?

Even in the best cases a gluey residue is left behind. I tested using some scotch-brite with mineral spirits and it cleaned it pretty good but clouded up the finish...I think and hope it will polish back to a shine but I don't want to cloud up the whole thing or I will be polishing forever.

Again, this is Zolatone..the ballistic oatmeal colored paint they used in the early 60's before they went to vinyl.

Estmayum, I assumed you used a plastic bondo knife for scraping, but did the steel wool not thrash your finish? How hard was it to polish back to mirror?
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I found the Jasco worked best when warmed up with the skin warm as well. One day it was only about 50 degrees in the trailer and the stuff didn't do anything. I placed a heater in front of the un opened can to warm the contents and waited until the can "poofed". I spread it on heavily and waited about 20 min then repeated with another layer waiting another 15min. Used plastic scraper. I read somewhere else not to use steel wool as scratches are hard to remove. I stripped my entire insides using 4 gallons of product.
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I used Citrastrip and plastic razor blades. My experiences are on post 66 here

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Old 02-03-2015, 09:15 AM   #9
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Loving this forum!

bwchant - Yes! The temperature crossed my mind...I forget what it says on the can for the ideal temperature range but I remember thinking it's colder than the range here right now. I will figure out a way to heat things up!

Shelly - Great tip on the plastic razor blades! I think you have also convinced my to take apart my end cap. This way I can lay the pieces flat to work on them and I won't have to clean the rivets (which dulls up the blades). I'll replace them with nice shiny new ones.

Alright, I gotta plan!
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Stylin Toastie! (I wish my front end cap wasn't fiberglass )
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I use the metal bond blade with the handle on top. It bends with the curves and kinda of slices the zolatone like cheese . I didn't have any problems and the 0000 steel wool scratches less that the green scrub pads (I think)Click image for larger version

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Stylin Toastie! (I wish my front end cap wasn't fiberglass )
Colin Hyde sells kits to do your own aluminum endcaps. I believe precut and packaged at $440, which I think is rather reasonable.

https://sites.google.com/a/colinhyde...ions.com/home/

He's also Colin H here on the forums.
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OK, progress! Found some plastic razor blades and a good scraper at my local Autozone. Took the end cap apart and removed all the old rivets and smoothed out all the holes so there was less to dull up my plastic blades. Ran a space heater in my garage to warm up both the panels and the gallon can of Jasco. So happy when I started scraping at the Zolatone came up like cheese! I also seemed to notice that if I left the can of Jasco open, there we're less gelatinous clumps and it poured on more liquidy which made it easier to spread. Still a lot of residue underneath...going to try that 0000 Steel Wool and see if it doesn't scratch too bad.
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