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02-04-2010 06:59 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Spencer K

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I recently acquired a set of blades that some idiot decided to rattle can black spray paint all over them. any ideas on how to remove the spray paint without damaging the gel coat on the blades? any help is appreciated. thanks

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02-04-2010 07:19 PM  8 years agoPost 2
DustinB

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You can try pure acetone and a lot of rubbing. Make sure to wear nitrile gloves, this stuff will dry your hands out in a flash.

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02-04-2010 07:56 PM  8 years agoPost 3
AirWolfRC

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Carburetor cleaner does wonders on a lot of things.

Your gell coat may not bee all that shiny after . . .

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02-04-2010 07:58 PM  8 years agoPost 4
VooDooX

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i ont know abotu anything strong enough for paint that wouldn't hurt the gel coat

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02-04-2010 08:10 PM  8 years agoPost 5
Jag72

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Easy
put some lacquer thinner on them and let it sit for a few minutes...it willtake the paint right off...just don't leave it on there too long or you could hurt the gel coat....it's the same thing as canopies

wet down a rag with the thinner and wrap it around the blades to soak

you do the same for canopies but you put a plastic bag around them

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02-04-2010 08:27 PM  8 years agoPost 6
scamp62

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x2 lacquer thinner

Dimmit..I can stop this anytime I want..no..really I can

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02-04-2010 09:12 PM  8 years agoPost 7
djrformcar

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I'd use the lacquer thinner, more working time and not near as hard on your skin. Still wear thick gloves, the kitchen ones are OK, but get the thick ones from Home Depot, the solvent proof ones.

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02-04-2010 09:24 PM  8 years agoPost 8
dialarotor

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It's not like you will have them forever if you fly much
Wet sand them with some 400 grit and repaint them with a color you do like or just plain white. Get over it and go fly'em.

Or put a bunch of glowwire and light sticks on your heli and call it a night flyer and don't worry about the blades, get a few buddies to track it with flashlights. You won't have to worry about the blades long.

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02-04-2010 09:54 PM  8 years agoPost 9
travco7373

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Gun wash works good for me.

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02-04-2010 09:56 PM  8 years agoPost 10
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Goof-off from the Wal-Mart.

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02-04-2010 09:59 PM  8 years agoPost 11
thorpdrvr

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Regular old automotive gasoline makes a pretty good solvent for single part paints and won't damage plastic if removed soon after application. The resin on carbon fiber is like a plastic.

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02-04-2010 11:06 PM  8 years agoPost 12
DarkSide41

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3M heavy duty rubbing compound and a buffing wheel. Takes cheap paint right off and never hurt the gelcoat.

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