Removing Painted Pinstripes

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Removing Painted Pinstripes

Post by MochetVelo » Tue May 31, 2016 7:05 pm

Perhaps you'd like to change your pinstripes or remove a faulty job. The first step is to determine the paint used for the car body and the stripes. The most common "older restoration" paint was nitrocellulose or acrylic lacquer. Starting in the sixties, enamels were more commonly used by do-it-yourselfers. Lately, we see more "2-stage" finishes (the two being base coat and clear coat). To test for lacquer, use a cotton swab on a hidden spot and rub with lacquer thinner. Keep a spot wet with the thinner for a few minutes. If the color comes off on the cotton, you have lacquer. The stripes can be removed in several ways:

1) Laquer thinner: This works well with lacquer stripes, but will also work with most enamel stripes like 1-Shot. It is time-consuming for the latter, however.

2) Abrasion: Put some rubbing compound on the stripes and rub with a small felt rubbing pad. You can use heavier compounds for faster results. The small pad gives you more control. This method is effective, but again takes a lot of time.

3) Lye: Lye, that is, in the form of oven cleaner. This is the best method I've used provided your finish can stand it. Again, do a test. Enamel, especially if a hardener was used, is usually unaffected by oven cleaner; the same for clear-coat.


Here are some videos on my method:

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