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Author Topic: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS  (Read 16810 times)

Offline young'n

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BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« on: Aug 01, 2013, 15:46:15 »
GOOD AFTERNOON ALL
CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS?

Offline jsharpphoto

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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #1 on: Aug 01, 2013, 16:31:13 »
I'd just sand it.  I don't know if i'd trust a chemical stripper on fiberglass, but honestly i've never tried. 

a better question might be, why?  It's not like you're stripping it for powder coating, and it's not a rust issue.

Offline Z2Z

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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #2 on: Aug 01, 2013, 16:35:19 »
They have stripper for fiberglass. Go to an automotive paint store, they should have it. It will say safe for fiberglass on it. I have used it to strip more than one Corvette.
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Offline jsharpphoto

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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #3 on: Aug 01, 2013, 16:44:09 »
They have stripper for fiberglass. Go to an automotive paint store, they should have it. It will say safe for fiberglass on it. I have used it to strip more than one Corvette.

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Offline JohnGoFast

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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #4 on: Aug 01, 2013, 16:52:46 »
Yeah even aircraft stripper comes in a fiberglass safe formula (won't eat gelcoat). Local auto store has it here.
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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #5 on: Aug 01, 2013, 17:01:35 »
I'd just sand it.  I don't know if i'd trust a chemical stripper on fiberglass, but honestly i've never tried. 

a better question might be, why?  It's not like you're stripping it for powder coating, and it's not a rust issue.

I agree with sanding though. In most cases I'd just sand it unless its really flaky or patchy.

Offline young'n

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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #6 on: Aug 01, 2013, 17:21:49 »
Thanks for the information.  I was trying to take the easy way out but sanding sounds like the best option.

Offline jsharpphoto

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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #7 on: Aug 01, 2013, 17:39:02 »
the only reasons I can think of to go with a chemical stripper instead of sanding, would be because the surface is too large to sand (like a corvette) or the shape is too intricate. 

get you some 80 grit sand paper and one of those semi-flexible sanding pads.

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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #8 on: Aug 02, 2013, 08:12:54 »
I have looked ito it for my BSA tank. Best recomendation is to go to a Marina... most boats hulls are fibreglass. Also my local auto body supply house can get it ('vettes). The top one (Aqua Strip) is water based and was highly recommended , it's even available at HomeDepot
 

 

 

 
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Re: BEST WAY TO STRIP PAINT OFF OF FIBERGLASS
« Reply #9 on: Aug 07, 2013, 15:39:30 »
Wet sand it with 220. Takes paint right off, and doesn't leave deep scratches in the gel. When you get the paint off, block it down to 800 or 1,000 to get it ready to paint again.


And, block sand it, so you don't create dips in the gel. I use durablocks.