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Old 03-25-2016, 02:10 PM   #1
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Taking Paint off

Hey all, taking the paint off interior walls of a 1960 tradewind, any tricks? I'll be taking the panels off to do a frame up resto.... chemical, or mechanical? Appreciate any advice.

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Old 03-25-2016, 02:37 PM   #2
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Are you planning on repainting it with Zolatone or Latex paint or polishing the panels?

If polishing, then chemical stripping. If repainting, mechanical will do the trick.

Mechanical will scratch the surface (possibly through the Alclad surface) - if you plan on polishing, you'll have to get those scratches out. If you go through the Alclad, you will have issues polishing. If you're repainting, the scratches won't matter and will help the new paint adhere better.

If you are planning on polishing the interior - it might be worth your while to consider new panels for the flat work - will save loads of time & effort over stripping and give you a better result for not much more money.

Just my 2-cents having polished the exterior and Zolatone'd the interior on our '56.


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Old 03-31-2016, 07:26 AM   #3
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Thanks Shari, we are thinking (my wife does most of that) to strip and polish the end caps (inside) and repaint the flats. Polish the exterior.... sometime way down the using a chem would be easiest (they will be off, as I'd like to reinsulate after shell off frame rebuild.
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Old 03-31-2016, 08:28 AM   #4
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I am currently stripping paint off the outside; yes someone decided to paint it. I have had great success with Citrstrip and Plastic razor blades. Coat and let sit for a bit and take the plastic razor blade and slide it right off; even if you have to scrape some the plastic wont scratch the aluminum
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