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05-26-2007 12:33 AM  13 years ago
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Tommy Z

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Paint Removal Help (canopy that is)
Hey guys

EDIT: I want ALL the paint to come off sorry about that confusion.

I painted my titan canopy orange and then put some clear-coat on it...It came out really nicely and the best part was I used spray paint! (pics in gallery).

The only problem is, 7 minutes after that picture was taken, some green and blue paint got spilled on it...Any idea on how to get it off
I tried brake cleaner, but after 10 minutes of work, i managed to get roughly 1 square inch clean
Anyone know of something I can soak it in that'll make the paint just rub off?
Thanks.
-Tommy Boy
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05-26-2007 01:04 AM  13 years ago
Nitrohuffer

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Getting the paint off with out taking the clear off is going to be hard with chemicals. Your best bet is to wet sand it off going from coarse grit to fine. 800 for removal, then 1000+ to smooth the clear coat. Then go with an even finer grit for a polish or use Maguires' scratch X polish to bring the luster back.Lungs transformed to take in water.
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05-26-2007 01:18 AM  13 years ago
bigdad390

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What type of paint is the green and blue? Spray some of the clear on a scrap piece along with the other, allow to dry then test it to see what would be safest. Start with the mildest remover first such as mineral spirits, If you have any of the orange citrus hand cleaner without pumice try that. If that does not do it try some of your wifes fingernail polish remover, (acetone) and finally laquer thinner.
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05-26-2007 01:20 AM  13 years ago
bigdad390

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BTW, the canopy in your gallery looks good.
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05-26-2007 01:30 AM  13 years ago
Tommy Z

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Oh, I apologize
I want to take ALL the paint off the canopy.
I decided to re-do it because I slightly messed up in a few places.
Thank you very much for the advice, though.
Sooo, I just need a strong chemical that will strip it with ease.
Thanks again
-Tommy Boy
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05-26-2007 01:51 AM  13 years ago
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Plastic or fiberglass... In your pics it appears to be plastic. Most chemicals would ruin/swell the plastic and your better off wetsanding it.

Not all of the paint has to come off, just wetsand it smooth, paint white as a base so the orange will stay even and bright, then paint the orange and re-clear.

Painting over paint will actually create a smoother finish.

If it were fiberglass, there is a special paint stripper for fiberglass at about $50 a gallon.

If it was just from spray cans then it is lacquer based. Lacquer thinner will remove it but may damage the plastic.
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05-26-2007 02:05 AM  13 years ago
RICH.L

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I once removed all the paint from one of my canopies by wetting paper towels with laquer thinner,cover the entire canopy with the soaked towels and place in a sealed garbage bag for 30 minutes.
here is the link to my canopy problem.
http://www.runryder.com/t235496p1/
here is how bad it looked when the body shop did it,I never did try and paint it myself,but the paint came off very well.
rich

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05-26-2007 02:39 AM  13 years ago
kingair

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I know exactly what you need. The product is called "Citristrip" from Home Depot. It's right there with all the other paint removers. This stuff is great. I slopped it on thick on my raptor canopy, left it over night and in the morning wiped the paint right off with a scotch bright pad. The paint remover even comes in a plastic bottle. It never bothered my hands and doesn't smell bad. I used it in the kitchen and my wife never said a word.

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
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05-26-2007 02:46 AM  13 years ago
Tommy Z

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Sweet,
Thank guys
-Tommy Boy
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05-26-2007 03:01 AM  13 years ago
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for that I use "dad's easy spray" from wallmart, you can find it on paint section. This stuff will just melt down the paint, you'll need to use a lot of paper towels and a good pair of rubber gloves.I hope this helps!!
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05-26-2007 03:07 AM  13 years ago
jbiter

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I haven't had any trouble using paint strippers on the Raptor canopy. No special stripper needed, they all work fine without damaging the plastic. Don't use it on windscreen though...

Jeff
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05-26-2007 03:17 AM  13 years ago
r2helis

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Hi TommyZ,

I have used the Citristirp as well. It works great. Try it, you'll like it.
Pound for Pound, Heli's are a blast..... Roland
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05-26-2007 03:55 AM  13 years ago
cfranks

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Citristrip is excellent for fibreglass BUT WILL ATTACK PLASTIC. Sorry to shout but it damaged mine.
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05-26-2007 04:04 AM  13 years ago
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I don't see how that's possible. I used mass quantities on mine for no less than 12 hours and no problems what so ever. My friend borrowed the stripper and did his with no problems either. I don't know what kind of plastic canopy your's was but mine and my friend's are stock thunder tiger milk bottle canopies, mine's white, his is yellow. Citristrip comes in a plastic bottle for heaven's sake. I don't know what it would do to the windshield plastic, didn't try it on there but the milk bottle part is safe for sure!There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."
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05-26-2007 04:13 AM  13 years ago
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I've done this several times as I keep buying used canopies that have ugly paint on them. I'm a professional painter for a living. I have used "gun wash" to remove the paint on the plastic canopies each time. It's a lot like paint reducer used in automotive base coat. The main difference is that the "gun wash" has more tolulene in it. It's the chemical used to "wash" out the spray equipment used in automotive refinishing. I just wet rags with the gun wash, and wipe the paint off. It takes about a half an hour to do a canopy. They come completely clean with no paint residue left on them at all! Since you used clear coat from a blow can, it was not "catalized" chemically so it won't be a problem to wipe it off with gun wash. Just replace the paint saturated rags with new rags wet with gun wash as they become too saturated with paint. The gun wash dries immediatly so once the canopy is clean, you're ready to re'paint it!
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05-26-2007 07:04 AM  13 years ago
Tommy Z

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Yeah
It's just the regular white one.
I'll go get some tomorrow to try it out.
Thanks again.
-Tommy Boy
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