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What is the easiest, cheapest way to strip enamel?

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  • From: Meridian, ID
What is the easiest, cheapest way to strip enamel?
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, November 20, 2017 3:28 PM

Hi all, I'm sure this has been asked before but I want to completely strip enamel from a Chev 57 car body to start over. What is the easiest most inexpensive way to do that?

I started with a one color on the body then decided to switch colors, now I have several coats and it doesn't look good and wanted to start over.

Thanks

Steve

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  • From: Michigan
Posted by silentbob33 on Monday, November 20, 2017 3:40 PM
I've used "Super Clean" pretty successfully for stripping enamel. It comes in purple bottle and you can get it at Wal-Mart for pretty cheap. I have a plastic tub that I put the parts in and put on some rubber gloves before I hose it down. I find it works better if the parts can soak in it though. I put the lid on and give it a few days before going at it with a toothbrush (not one you'd ever want to use again) and still wearing the rubber gloves. The paint will comes off after a couple of times doing this.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, November 20, 2017 4:29 PM

I use stuff called Chameleon I think from Squadron. It is reusable, which is nice and saves the trouble of appropriately dumping it.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:13 AM

In addition to the Super Clean, I have tried hydraulic fluid, oven cleaner, and Purple Power.  They are all pretty messy, but they all work.  It takes awhile, and sometimes takes a couple of applications.

 

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:27 AM

Thanks all, I'll swing by Walmart and see what I can find. Both Super Clean and Purple Powers say they are biodegradable so that's good.

It's interesting a cleaner is caustic enough to strip enamel but I guess since it's concentrated and it takes a few days....

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Posted by Wingman_kz on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 1:40 PM
Be sure to wear rubber gloves when using Purple Power or Super Clean.

            

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 7:06 PM

I bought some Purple Clean yesterday and a Tupperware container to put the car body in, poured the Purple Power in and sealed it up. 24 hours later the enamel just fell off. It worked beautifully. A little scrubbing with a toothbrush from the dollar store and a nice rinse and it's ready to repaint.

The Purple Power didn't touch the gloss white acrylic I applied to the roof or the black lacqure primer which is just fine. I didn't want to redo those paint jobs anyway.

Perfect, thanks.

Steve

ON THE BENCH

1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air

Completing a kit is like cutting the head off a Hydra. Two more replace it in the stash.

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