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How-to Strip Paint

Author: CoreyXJ

DeKote Paint StripperI think by now a few of you know that I restore and build older cars. Mainly Oldsmobile's but I dabble in just about everything. I am doing this write up for all you guys who are thinking about painting your Jeeps or doing touch up work on just about anything. Instead of spending hours and hours of sanding, scraping, and peeling - you can use DeKote paint stripper available from the Eastwood Company. This is one of the better ones out there, but not the only one. This is probably one of the easier ones to use. Its a one part deal. No mixing of this and that.... Plus DeKote looks like Ghostbusters slime - the pink kind.

This product does not contain Methylene Chloride, however you should always take appropriate safety precautions.

You'll need to start by cleaning off the painted area you are going to be stripping. Make sure you have plenty of air space around you because the smell of this stuff needs to get out away from you. Otherwise you'll be higher than a kite. LOL!

Get an old paint brush and start applying it generously. Let the first coat dry for about 30 minutes and then apply a second coat but this time slop it on. Make it much heavier and thicker than the first coat. This is where the chemicals really start to do their job.

The thing I like about DeKote is that its easy to use, no dangerous vapors, can be cleaned up with water, and it does all the work for you.

This is a roof shot off the stripper already on. It paints on very easy and make sure you get even coverage.
Roof with paint stripper applied
This is the trunk lid with a second coat applied. Make sure you don't get any on ya' and wear gloves just in case.
Trunk lid with 2nd coat or paint stripper

Its funny to watch some of the bugs land on this stuff. The smell attracts them and when they land on it dissolves their legs and they just kind of melt into the stuff. Its way cool......!!

Tools used to strip paintJust some tools used...
All in all the job went smooth. Make sure you coat it on plenty thick and allow 3-4 hours of dry time before you go at it with a putty knife. After you get the paint off go at it with a 180-220 grit sand paper on either of the sanders (air, hand, etc...) just to smooth it out and clean it up a bit. The paint actually comes right off. Much easier than sanding your palms numb.

Knee high in old nasty paint chips - CoreyXJ

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