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Removing paint on top of original factory painting?

Old 08-17-15, 05:09 AM
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Removing paint on top of original factory painting?

I have a Raleigh 26 x 1 3/8, I thought to start with that the Blue paint may have been factory(I knew the White head tube paint was not as it is way too thick), until some of it flaked showing the metallic Red over gold base paintwork.
My question is, how would I go about removin the Blue and White without damaging the paint underneath?
It is still sticking quite good, wet sanding?
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One of the water based paint strippers might be easier. Repaints are not usually as durable as the original paint. In my experience, chemical stripper will remove paint in layers, and the longer you leave it on, the deeper it will remove. If you put the stripper on and remove it when the outer layer just starts to bubble, it should leave the original paint behind. However, if they did a proper paint job and sanded and primed first, it may not work so well. Try a small area first, to figure out how long you need to let the stripper work.
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I would try lightly rubbing with a cloth dampened with mineral spirits first. Quite often the original paint, which has been on there for decades, is impervious to such things as mineral spirits. But the newer paint may loosen up just enough to remove. With a lot of work.
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Acetone, you can pick up a small bottle at Walmart (nail polish remover). It works on rattle can. $1 experiment.
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Thanks guys, I like the options listed, I like my skin not burnt so the water soluble strippers I will press on with. I can get some Acetone on my home from walking my son and his friends to school.
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If it is enamel and not automotive paint, you might try a heat gun as well.
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We need to perfect the hierarchy of solvents, guys!


At any rate, there are a lot of comparatively mild solvents out there, any of which may work. Denatured alcohol is probably the weakest, but some people claim success with WD40. Next might be paint thinner. Soon to follow, naphtha, lacquer thinner, acetone. Getting pretty nasty, xylene... and there are others. One of them will work. The key is, don't waste your time with the ones that don't work.

Put some solvent on a rag, rub the paint, and check the color of the rag. If the rag turns the color of the paint, it will take the paint off. If it doesn't, move on to the next one.
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Thanks for all responses guys, I tried Acetone on one spot for about 5 mins rag went a tinge of Blue, but did not really do anything it seems, paint is pretty hard, stuck well
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