Paint stripper questions

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by easydays, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. easydays

    easydays Well-Known Member

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    I purchased a used grab bar for the Gheenoe but whoever owned it before painted the aluminum over with black paint. Some of the paint is chipping away so I want to try to strip away the black paint to expose the aluminum that's under it. My question is will a liquid paint stripper work for this job and will it harm the aluminum finish?
     
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Aircraft paint stripper, designed for use on aluminum.
    I've used acetone to dissolve old paint off of parts.

    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&biw=1264&bih=537&tbs=shop:1&q=aircraft+paint+stripper&aq=&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=&pbx=1&fp=546993a431d4845b
     

  3. easydays

    easydays Well-Known Member

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    I have a can of KS-3 premium stripper . It says it can be used on wood,metal and masonary. Should this work?
     
  4. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    Call the manufacturer and ask.
    there's probably a 1-800 number on the label.
     
  5. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    Easy-off oven cleaner. We used to use it to strip the paint off aluminum paintball bottles and guns. Took the anodizing right off, then polish.
     
  6. Frank_Sebastian

    Frank_Sebastian Well-Known Member

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    If it is enamel or acrylic enamel xylene may work. Actually that is what we try first on airplanes.

    Frank_S
     
  7. paint it black

    paint it black Paddling away...

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    Aircraft paint remover. It's what I use on anything that needs to be stripped.
     
  8. easydays

    easydays Well-Known Member

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    I ended up using Kleen Strip premium stripper and it did a great job. The aluminum under the paint wasn't harmed and looks almost new again.
     
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