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Technical Chemical paint stripper

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by willys36, May 5, 2021.

  1. Does anyone know if there is a stripper on the market that works or have the tree huggers successfully killed the product. I recently bought two different home center brands that used to work great. Am stripping some furniture for refinishing. Neither brand rose a sign of a blister on the old enamel, just barely softened it enough to allow removal with heavy scraping with a putty knife. The couple hour job ended up taking all day and then some. Kind of expected a bit more @ $55/gallon.

    Last stripping job I did was my grandson's '59 El Camino about 10 years ago and the cheapest remover blistered and liquified 3 or 4 layers of old auto enamel in one application so it wiped off with a shop towel.
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  2. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,405


    Yep that MEK substitute aint.
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  3. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 3,094


    I've had the same results that you have had. I had to strip some of the sheet metal for my Morris Minor woody and I found that the Kleen-Strip stuff from the local hardware store only took off one layer at a time (barely) and dried up too fast. Same result with the famous "Aircraft stripper". I used some oven cleaner and it did well on some areas but didn't touch factory applied paint. I guess that's why so many opt for media blasting with car parts, there's something to be said for, "drop it off, pick it up later and hand over the cash". Me, I'm too far away to avail myself so I just keep brushing and scraping.....
  4. HSF
    Joined: Oct 25, 2014
    Posts: 143

    from Lodi CA

    After applying the stripper, throw a piece of plastic sheeting over it. Keeps the fumes in and works a little better. But yeah, the new stuff sucks.
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  5. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 1,059


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  6. The Jasco Epoxy remover was the bomb in the day. That was 15 years ago. I even stripped gold powder coating off Pontiac Trans Am honeycomb wheels easily. Not any longer. That's the stuff I tried this week and it might as be lemon Jello. I am taking most of the can back to Home Depot to get my $55 back. The Strip Eze (I think that's the brand, blue can) stuff at least slightly softens the top layer of paint.
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  7. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
    Posts: 4,941

    Lloyd's paint & glass

    It's long gone. It all sucks now. I've tried all of the tricks, run a DA with 80 grit over it, cover it with plastic, e.t.c... it just doesn't work without the methylene chloride in it. Went from a professional product to a joke.
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  8. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
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  9. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,338


    you might just need to cover and let it sit for many hours....that seems to be how the new ones work, from the little I've read about them.

    Good thing I've given up doing paint/body work, because I sure loved the old paint stripper.
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  10. enjenjo
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 2,542

    from swanton oh

  11. Hollywood-East
    Joined: Mar 13, 2008
    Posts: 1,469


    Doe's anyone know why this brand is no longer made??
    Buddy had a couple cans, Stuff worked Amazing... Which tells me it's gotta be EPA or some other branch of for our own good..

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  12. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,338


    Pretty much anything with methylene chloride will work well, and will be hard or impossible to find for sale today. It's a rather nasty chemical, it has killed people and caused neurological damage to folks who used it carelessly.

    Look at the ingredients on any can of stripper you plan to buy...if it doesn't have the magic ingredient, it won't work very well.
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  13. thomas.parker197
    Joined: Dec 29, 2017
    Posts: 52


    Done a lot of paint stripping. Started when I was a kid. Mostly paint from furniture and woodwork. Recently tried citrusstrip for some small stuff on my 55. I gotta say, it works. But much, much more slowly than the product I was use to 30 years ago. I'm 42 btw. I like it because it doesn't dry out. Gotta apply it very generously and let it sit forever, but eventually it peels the paint right off.

    I got a face full of the "good stuff" when I was 15. Lucky to not be scared. My beards a little thinner on the side that got the worst of it.

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  14. MCjim
    Joined: Jun 4, 2006
    Posts: 269

    from soCal

    That stuff was the best, stripped a heavy metalflake covered factory paint off my old Corvette down to bare fiberglass.
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  15. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,379

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    I really hate even being reminded of this. Paint stripper used to be the way I stripped everything. The new stuff isn’t worth messing with as best I can tell. Maybe burning a hole through a girl friends foot back in high school when I dripped some on her accidentally as I was stripping a car ruined it for all of us? :oops:

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