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Hot Rods Tips needed to remove paint from stainless.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Toqwik, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,308


    So the PO did his best to protect rust spots on my 53 but in the process he chose not to tape off and trim and got a little carried away with the paint bomb. The stainless is in good shape and I don't want to create more work for myself. What works best for you? [​IMG]

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  2. gimpyshotrods
    Joined: May 20, 2009
    Posts: 18,321


    Try acetone or lacquer thinner on a rag, with appropriate PPE.
  3. *MEK not legal for industry but you can still buy it at any home improvement store.

    * methyl ethyl ketone
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  4. 6-71
    Joined: Sep 15, 2005
    Posts: 542


    Lacquer thinner is my go to solvent for a job like that. it will cut just about any kind of paint.

  5. rusty rocket
    Joined: Oct 30, 2011
    Posts: 4,227

    rusty rocket

    If lacquer thinner doesnt work and you are careful you could use a gel type paint remover.
  6. Toqwik
    Joined: Feb 1, 2003
    Posts: 1,308


    I was going to try paint remover because I had some but was afraid it might react with the stainless. Good to know.

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  7. Knghtcadi
    Joined: Oct 17, 2016
    Posts: 363


    I wet sanded mine with 3000 and buffed them now they look new

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  8. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 26,951

    Jalopy Joker

    ultra fine steel wool helps too
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  9. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
    Posts: 3,284


    On the car or is it off? On the car I'd go after it with triple 0 steel wool, stripper or ever lacquer thinner could get on the paint you want to keep. If the trim is off then stripper, not many chemicals will effect stainless.
  10. deuceman32
    Joined: Oct 23, 2007
    Posts: 348


    If the trim is off, good old brake fluid will soak off anything short of epoxy with no nastiness
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  11. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    You can tape off the paint next to the trim to protect what paint is there and use quad #0000 steel wool to remove and shine your trim back to life.
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  12. Squablow
    Joined: Apr 26, 2005
    Posts: 15,124


    I've used gel stripper on stainless many times and never had an issue. I assume you're doing this off of the car anyway, although lacquer thinner might work and be easier if it's just cheapie spray paint.
  13. Easy Off oven cleaner.
    Spray it on, give it a chance to work (several hours) spray it with water then scrub with fine steel wool or an SOS pad.
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  14. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800


    Steel wool. A very non abrasive grade.
  15. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,645

    from NKy

    All the chemicals as suggested , just be careful and wear PPE , many are really bad , and enter through the sink . I tell everyone , gooogles are a must , eyes are a hard item to buy , "NOS " .
  16. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,714


    Super fine steel wool. Cleans glass too.
  17. Roger O'Dell
    Joined: Jan 21, 2008
    Posts: 1,143

    Roger O'Dell

    All the above works, but unless some really good prep was done. It will pop off with a razor.
  18. I can't get paint to stick to stainless.
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  19. 33pickemup
    Joined: Dec 14, 2006
    Posts: 44


    0000 steel wool works the best, if you don't want to hurt the paint, run a tape line down both sides. A good metal polish after that and they will look really good.


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