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Old 02-07-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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well a friend of mine wanted to sell me a disaster of a paint project of his i believe it to have a think 2coats of lexan paint, im not sure the thickness but he offered it to me for $10 which is a steal if i can strip the paint and repaint it, its a silverado body but an 06 body style matches my wheelbase exactly but im just wondering guys, help a fellow bargain hunter out lay it on me, details on removal if possible, and so on. thanx in advance guys,
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:09 PM   #2
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Brake cleaner is what I've always heard.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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Brake cleaner is what I've always heard.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Not Brake Cleaner.

Brake FLUID. DOT4 to be exact. Works like a charm.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:35 PM   #4
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Not Brake Cleaner.

Brake FLUID. DOT4 to be exact. Works like a charm.
That's what I meant. Slip of the keyboard. Glad you caught it.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:36 PM   #5
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Post a pic I love seeing paint disasters lol
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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I didn't have much luck with the brake fluid. DOT4.
I soaked the thing for days, scrubbed for hrs, soaked, scrubbed, soaked... gave up and painted the outside black.

I had put several coats of Pactra on.
It did work in a few areas but I was not happy with the results... at all.
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Old 02-07-2012, 02:46 PM   #7
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I didn't have much luck with the brake fluid. DOT4.
I soaked the thing for days, scrubbed for hrs, soaked, scrubbed, soaked... gave up and painted the outside black.

I had put several coats of Pactra on.
It did work in a few areas but I was not happy with the results... at all.

I've cleaned and repainted 2 bodies with the brake fluid method. Both worked great! If it is a really thick layer of paint, it will most definitely take time to dissolve the layer.
Both bodies that I did were relatively light coats of paint for a Touring Car body.
I used a 3m scrub pad and liberal amounts of brake fluid and it came off with ease. If there are a lot of nooks and crannies in the body, it will be more difficult to get all the paint out.

Heres a body that I just recently repainted using the brake fluid cleaning method. The body was all white previously.

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heres what i have to fix,

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heres what i have to fix,

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I'd just buy a new body... There is obviously more than 2 layers of paint on it and it looks like a hell of a job to clean that one up. Bodies are not that expensive and by the time you buy his body and then a can of DOT4, not to mention about 2 hours of cleaning time, you may or may not have a suitable body to paint and the paint job might look like crap.

I'd save the coin and buy a new body. I'm sure that body is still available out there.
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Old 02-07-2012, 03:06 PM   #10
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Keep that body like that... Use the body.. Be... Different.
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^^lol what sucks is he lost the decals so i cant even paint over it and decal it, well thanks guys for the help
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perfect basher body, looks good.
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:47 PM   #13
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Man that's a great paint job. Can u drive the car and drink Coors original at the same time.haha
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Old 02-07-2012, 07:12 PM   #14
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BReak cleaner but be careful theres some kinds that will melt the lexan.... depending how much $ the body is i never gave much to it , if it was a 20$ lexan i often just bought a new one cause i didn't have 3hrs to spend on only removing paint ..... + sometimes... it will leave a residue.... so you end up painting it 2 times and it still looks aweful ...


waterbased paints (faskolor createx) are more forgiving though
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Paint the outside.
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Old 02-08-2012, 12:58 AM   #16
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I would love to just coat the outside and literally be a rolling scratch off ticket, but like I said he didn't have the decals I think its a parma body
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