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    Brake fluid vs. sanding

    I read that brake fluid is a pretty effective paint remover. No, I haven't tried that yet - lol - but I was wondering if it is better than sanding that tends to also remove layers of the painted plastic ? Has anyone adopted that method of paint removal while working on their fabrication ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyWare View Post
    I read that brake fluid is a pretty effective paint remover. No, I haven't tried that yet - lol - but I was wondering if it is better than sanding that tends to also remove layers of the painted plastic ? Has anyone adopted that method of paint removal while working on their fabrication ?
    It will eat plastic as well. Do not try it on plastic. On metal it does eventually remove paint but it is not a recommended practice.
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    My main concern is that it is not the most environmentally friendly way of doing things (actually its pretty bad!) ... but a friend suggested to dip my bezel in it for a few hours instead of sanding it to re-do it and I was doing some reading about brake fluids. I had no idea how toxic that stuff is.

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    Be carefull with paint remover. It will eat alot of plastics and even worse, burns like a son-of-a if you let it sit on your skin too long.
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    Brake fluid does the same thing too. It is not very friendly towards plastic. Also if you don't get all the of brake fluid residue off, the paint won't stick.
    Even though it takes longer, sanding is the safest and best way to remove paint from plastic.
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    Why not just scuff it up with a scotchbrite pad and paint it whatever color you want it to be with Krylon Fusion paint?

    Just a thought.

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    the only safe way to remove paint from plastics with chemicals is to use a "bumper stripper", aresol can available at body shop supply stores, safe on most plastics, but in being so, also not very agressive in the paint stripping area, but does the job.

    still, I'd say sanding is the way to go here, if the finish has good adhesion & is compatable with the new top coat no reason to even remove it all 100% either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by moogvo View Post
    Why not just scuff it up with a scotchbrite pad and paint it whatever color you want it to be with Krylon Fusion paint?

    Just a thought.
    Sanding did the job fine. I'll check out the "Krylon Fusion paint" in the next custom screen iteration (someone who saw mine wants his ACcord done too $$$ lol), but in the meantime I used Tremcald Textured Paint and it looks pretty good. Also looking for vinyl finishing products. That is way out of my leauge so I am also looking for a vinyl pro who knows what he is doing. Yes, I guess the brake fluid is an over kill if you think about the more practical alternatives. Thanks for the advice guys.

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