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Paint Removal from Fiberglass Top

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by BEHJR, Nov 1, 2003.

  1. BEHJR

    BEHJR 1/2 ton status

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    PO had painted the perfectly good fiberglass top with lousy paint. Suggestions please for removal of lousy paint. Solvent and/or sand ??

    Thanks.

    BH.
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    are you going to paint it again? do you want it to be smooth or dimpled like factory?
     
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    I honestly do not know. I am going to paint the body the original dark gray. The top is now silver inside and out. Starting to chip.

    For this sake of getting started, assume I am not going to paint. Hopefully, after the paint is removed it will be white. If I do decide to paint, it will be dark gray like the body, not that it makes any diff what color it is.

    BH.
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    you can try a paint striper solvent but I'm not sure how it will react to the fiberglass top so i would either a: talk to a local boat shop and see what they have for removing paint from fiberglass or b: try some on the inside of the top in a non visible spot and see how it reacts to it /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    mudhog THEGAME Staff Member Super Moderator

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    oops forgot c: just lightly sand it and then paint it the desired color /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    that was about what I came up with. Sand it.


    Thanks.

    BH.
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    if it's thin, lousy paint you can try easy off. they do make fiberglass safe stripper, nearly as potent as infamous aircraft stripper. it's used for bottom paint on boats. check a marine supply... we spray it on the bottoms with an undercoating gun, then pressure wash it off... you "could" use aircraft stripper, just keep it on a minimum length of time. it will eventually bubble up the gelcoat...
     
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    Thanks. Do you happen to know if the original top was sealed ?? Just wondering if I should seal after I strip or sand. If so, with what ??

    BH.
     
  9. Sandblast it! /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif ...J/K

    Depending on how much is already off and how it's sticking to the original paint, you could try lots of duct tape or a stiff bristle brush. You only need to reseal it if the fiberglass itself is showing.
     
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    it's gelcoat.. . i'll be going with a smooth finish. i'll rip it down with a DA, epoxy prime and paint red/orange of truck.

    whatever you sand it to, you definitely should put a couple coats of the best primer you can afford within reason to put on. for me it's easy, i paint everything from offshore race boats to cars, i have tons of that stuff.

    an epoxy/urethane is best, an enamel is ok, stay away from laquer. light sand the prime, or scuff pad and topcoat... if you want that factory crinkle, you could prolly just scrub it with easy off and a scuff pad. that scuffpad should etch the gel enough for some prime as well as strip the paint.... we do that for nonskid decks on the boats...

    good luck /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Please excuse my stupidity. Easy-off as in Oven cleaner ??

    BH.
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    yup /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    wear rubber gloves.... it works as a mild paint stripper. doesn't really dent the higher end urethanes much, but it rips up enamel and laquer pretty well.. try a test spot. spray it on, let it sit and bubble, spray a little more, keep it wet with easy off, wait (like 10 to 20 min), scrub with scuffpad, rinse...

    if it's too tough, aircraft style strippers are pretty cheap usually 20 to 25 a gallon (more than enough) if i remember right. parts store, marine or autobody supply for that stuff. much nastier than easyoff too..
     
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    Thank you, sir.

    BH.
     
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    ryoken Puppy Fabricator Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    no prob...

    and if your trying you just leave the original gel after stripping, it is possible to shine that stuff up sometimes with a wheel and orange compound, even with the texture....
     
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    LOL, you are assuming I know what orange compound is ......

    Rubbing compound ???

    BH.
     
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    word dog ? /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gifto /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    yeah, orange is generally course laquer rubbing compound..
     

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