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Technical how to remove one-shot from painted car?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by cederholm, Jul 28, 2020.

  1. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,687


    Hey guys,
    I'm considering buying a car that was nicely hand pin-striped. The only problem is, words were also pin-striped onto it. Small words, but still.

    What's the best way to remove without disturbing the paint?

  2. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,918


    Easy Off oven cleaner. Sounds strange but trust me, it works!
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  3. Jack E/NJ
    Joined: Mar 5, 2011
    Posts: 787

    Jack E/NJ
    from NJ

    >>>Small words,>>>

    What kind of small words? Good words? Bad words? How about a closeup? Jack E/NJ
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  4. RatRoy
    Joined: Jul 9, 2008
    Posts: 376


    Easy Off works be pay close attention......

  5. Depending on what paint was used, old vs. new one shot and how long it has been on the car, I have seen some you can take off with a fingernail. I would not make it a deal breaker.
  6. I had my Mysterion fully striped by a pro but the color of blue was too dark and the line was too wide. Didn't want to ruin the catalyzed urethane candy lime gold paint job so I sanded all the striping off with 400 wet paper. Went really fast and a cinch to quickly re-color sand w/ 600/1500 and polish before restriping.
  7. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 8,218

    seb fontana
    from ct

  8. Had some removed from mine. I think they sanded it off and polished the clear. Can't tell it was ever done.

  9. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,687


  10. Gearhead Graphics
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 3,890

    Gearhead Graphics
    from Denver Co

    non hardener will come with easy off. If it has hardener easy off wont touch it.
    Yellow smelly can, dont bother with the blue can

    i like to spray some in a cup, then dab it on with a qtip so i can keep it on the stripes and not the paint. ive had it slightly discolor light colored paint a couple of times. In those cases a quick buff of the paint has worked.
    dab it on, let it sit for 2 to 3 minutes then scrub, repeat as needed
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  11. MEK is what some of the better pin stripers use to clean the paint before striping and to remove old pinstripes.
  12. 427 sleeper
    Joined: Mar 8, 2017
    Posts: 2,689

    427 sleeper

    No. 7 rubbing compound out of a tin can... It's traditional... :rolleyes::D;)
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  13. Roadking89
    Joined: Jul 26, 2020
    Posts: 1


    Another one that sounds crazy is the mr clean eraser. I took names off the back of a bike one with one and kept water on it the entire time

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  14. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 8,541

    Marty Strode

    They make plastic ones that work too.
  15. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 14,210

    jimmy six

    EasyOff with a 1/2” cheap paint brush with bristles cut dow to 3/8” with some dykes. Sanding or rubbing will remove your base paint and you don’t want to do that if possible. Just remember if the main paint is faded you may still see it unless it is clear coated before the stopping.

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