paint removal from radio housing


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krock123
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paint removal from radio housing

Postby krock123 » Fri May 03, 2013 6:59 pm



The previous owner decided to paint the radio housing and other parts with a rattle can. They did a poor job prepping the parts for paint. Anyway I need to remove the paint so that it looks decent again. Does anyone have any ideas for removing the paint? Thanks for your help!



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Re: paint removal from radio housing

Postby Big Blue UK » Fri May 03, 2013 9:25 pm

Most paint strippers now will not even get paint off your hands thanks to health and safety laws. I reckon if you got hold of something strong enough to remove the paint it would damage the surround finish. I would sand it, spray it, cut it back, spray again, then polish the egg shell finish down before laquering, looks good if done right.
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Re: paint removal from radio housing

Postby Sempai » Sun May 05, 2013 10:50 am

I like the Aircraft Paint Remover I get from O'Reily's Auto Parts. The stuff I linked below is very fluid, wrap a terrycloth rag around your finger and pour some of the chemical on the fingertip, rub a small area down until you're satisfied with the result. DO NOT pour it directly on the plastic and allow it to set there as it will eventually soften the plastic itself.

If the paint it thick you may consider getting the gel version, but if you do, PLEASE remove the part from the bike and work with it by itself. Wear gloves when using it, apply it to the paint for a coupla minutes, spray the stuff off with a hose...don't forget eye protection.

http://www.oreillyauto.com/site/c/detail/KLN3/AR343QT/N0483.oap?ck=Search_N0483_-1_224&pt=N0483&ppt=C0171
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Re: paint removal from radio housing

Postby krock123 » Tue May 07, 2013 2:56 pm

Thanks for the help guys! I will give the aircraft paint remover a try this weekend.

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Re: paint removal from radio housing

Postby krock123 » Thu May 09, 2013 4:44 pm

holly crap!!! The paint remover works awesome! Be very careful with this stuff and wear thick rubber gloves! It takes all the paint off down to the bare plastic!




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