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Old 04-18-2004, 11:04 AM   #1
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Question Stripping paint off aluminum

OK, have had this aluminum window frame doused in stripper all day, and nothing is really happening. I was just going to paint them, but realized that they were aluminum (duh) underneath, and now have scratched them up too bad to paint, but cant get the paint off.

I'm using my fav. Bix stripper....what else should I try that I can buy at the store, I don't have time to order anything....



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Ron, I've had good luck stripping painted metal of all types by just soaking it in a tray of LimeAway. Can't vouch for aluminum specifically, but on my metal floor grates, for instance, the paint quickly bubbled off in big pieces. CLR (Calcium-Lime-Rust, I think) is another commonly available substance that's hell on paint.

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Another is Aircraft Stripper by Kleen Strip. It can be found at most auto supply stores & WalMart. It's nasty stuff...but should do the trick. It worked better than Bix for me on some stubborn clearcoat. Be sure to read & heed all the warnings & instructions...good luck!

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Once I made it to the hardware store, (a different branch of the same hometown hardware store down the street, which is closed on Sun.) I completely forgot to buy Lime away. I found a whole stash of aluminum strips, corners, all kinds of 'I might need this' aluminum.

So, after wearing the prints off of my fingers, because my rubber stripping gloves are missing, I finally was able to get down to the aluminum. I WILL be checking out that other stuff tomorrow.

Thanks, just an update....

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Hi All:

There is a product PEELAWAY that I have used before that can take off 4 or 5 layers of paint in one application. The best part of using this product is that it is not messy and it is very easy to use.

Might be worth a check out.

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