Originally Posted by my3sonsdad
What combination of stripping chemicals did you use. I've read several threads comparing methods and stripping chemicals, none of which seemed as easy as you made it look.
It werent easy! Haha...ok, the actual stripping wasn't too bad. I used citristrip (gel) and lot's of it! The spray worked better, but got WAY too expensive to continue. Buy the gallon size of gel, and a few cans of the spray on. Do it in the evening, out of the sunlight and the more humidity the better. I found that when I did it during the day the stripper just dried up. The key is the wait time...you will see the vinyl gas off and really start to bubble...that's when you don the gloves and start peeling it off in sheets. After it's mostly off, recoat everything with gobs of stripper paying particular attention to the rivets. That will remove the glue, and lift the vinyl from behind the rivet heads. If you have any glue remaining, use liberal amounts of laquer thinner or goof off (laquer thinner worked as well as the goof off but was much cheaper) . After all of that, it was on to the polishing...which totally sucked! Good job for prisoners or Guantanamo detainees. I used a variable speed buffer (2 of them I burned one out) avail. at Harbor Freight Tools for $35 and heres the key: wool bonnets. 6 of them, and I washed them daily. The first cut was made with rubbing compound, and followed up with Blue Magic aluminum polish. I gotta tell you that I don't think the compound made one bit of difference. Set the buffer to low speed and burn the polish in (you'll feel it), follow up with several more passes with clean bonnets and more Blue Magic and you'll see the haze lift. You can see much deeper on the areas where you get it right...and just strive for that on all panels. Overall, i'm happy with the results. It's not perfect, but what really is?