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Offline drummingrocks

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Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« on: February 06, 2014, 10:56:26 PM »
Hi guys, I currently have the front windshield and rear glass out of my '67 coupe in order to do a headliner replacement.  The car has been fairly poorly repainted at one point its past, and there's body color (green) overspray on most of the windshield and rear window stainless.  I've successfully polished and repaired stainless in the past, but I've never really encountered enough overspray to need to address this.  Is it ok to use aircraft stripper on these moldings?  Will it damage them in any way?  Or is there a better way?

I've used soap/scuff pads in the past, but they take forever on thick overspray (and this is thicker than I've ever encountered).  I've used a one-sided razor blade in the past, but you run the risk of gouging or scratching the stainless.  I thought maybe the aircraft stripper would be the easiest method in this case.
--1965 fastback, 289/4-spd, built Feb. '65 at Dearborn
--1965 convertible, 289/4-spd, built Mar. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 GT fastback, 289/4-spd, built Dec. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 coupe, 200/3-spd, built Dec. '65 at NJ (in the family since 1968)
--1967 coupe, 289/C4, built Dec. '66 at NJ
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Offline Bob Gaines

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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2014, 12:52:26 AM »
Hi guys, I currently have the front windshield and rear glass out of my '67 coupe in order to do a headliner replacement.  The car has been fairly poorly repainted at one point its past, and there's body color (green) overspray on most of the windshield and rear window stainless.  I've successfully polished and repaired stainless in the past, but I've never really encountered enough overspray to need to address this.  Is it ok to use aircraft stripper on these moldings?  Will it damage them in any way?  Or is there a better way?

I've used soap/scuff pads in the past, but they take forever on thick overspray (and this is thicker than I've ever encountered).  I've used a one-sided razor blade in the past, but you run the risk of gouging or scratching the stainless.  I thought maybe the aircraft stripper would be the easiest method in this case.
You should be fine with the stripper on stainless. It should not have any effect but you may notice the finish may be slightly different under the paint protected portion compared to the finish of a portion exposed to the elements. Polishing should even things out in that case.
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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2014, 03:23:24 PM »
Thanks, Bob.  Just what I was hoping to hear.  :)
--1965 fastback, 289/4-spd, built Feb. '65 at Dearborn
--1965 convertible, 289/4-spd, built Mar. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 GT fastback, 289/4-spd, built Dec. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 coupe, 200/3-spd, built Dec. '65 at NJ (in the family since 1968)
--1967 coupe, 289/C4, built Dec. '66 at NJ
--2017 GT

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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2014, 10:25:26 PM »
     I have used steel wool #0 down to #0000 without harming the stainless steel finish.  Removes the paint or tarnish and even polishes the metal at the same time.  Brian
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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2014, 10:31:13 PM »
Have you tried using clay bar and lubricant?  Auto detailers use it to remove overspray from painted surfaces and may work just as well on stainless. Never used it on anything but a painted surface so I can't say if there will be any negative effects. If it's safe for painted surfaces, it should be ok for stainless.
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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2014, 08:44:17 AM »
All good techniques.  I used a penny (zinc alloy) edge to scrape the paint off.  The metal alloy is softer than the stainless trim, so the trim doesn't get scratched.  Kind of tedious, but well worth the effort.

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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2014, 12:18:31 PM »
Have you tried using clay bar and lubricant?  Auto detailers use it to remove overspray from painted surfaces and may work just as well on stainless. Never used it on anything but a painted surface so I can't say if there will be any negative effects. If it's safe for painted surfaces, it should be ok for stainless.

No, I haven't tried that.  I bet it would work pretty well on single-stage paint, but I'm not sure it would do well with basecoat/clearcoat.  I'm pretty sure bc/cc is what's on this '67 I'm currently working on.
--1965 fastback, 289/4-spd, built Feb. '65 at Dearborn
--1965 convertible, 289/4-spd, built Mar. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 GT fastback, 289/4-spd, built Dec. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 coupe, 200/3-spd, built Dec. '65 at NJ (in the family since 1968)
--1967 coupe, 289/C4, built Dec. '66 at NJ
--2017 GT

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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2014, 01:05:02 PM »
No, I haven't tried that.  I bet it would work pretty well on single-stage paint, but I'm not sure it would do well with basecoat/clearcoat.  I'm pretty sure bc/cc is what's on this '67 I'm currently working on.
The clay bar is not that aggressive other then a dusting on a piece of trim. It would take forever if it is thick. If the paint is thick enough to be a solid color on the trim you will have a very tough time with the clay bar. Excellent for other things but not for when it is thick IMO. 
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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2014, 04:56:24 PM »
The clay bar is not that aggressive other then a dusting on a piece of trim. It would take forever if it is thick. If the paint is thick enough to be a solid color on the trim you will have a very tough time with the clay bar. Excellent for other things but not for when it is thick IMO.

That's a really good way of putting it.   :)
--1965 fastback, 289/4-spd, built Feb. '65 at Dearborn
--1965 convertible, 289/4-spd, built Mar. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 GT fastback, 289/4-spd, built Dec. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 coupe, 200/3-spd, built Dec. '65 at NJ (in the family since 1968)
--1967 coupe, 289/C4, built Dec. '66 at NJ
--2017 GT

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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2014, 07:19:10 PM »
........ If the paint is thick enough to be a solid color on the trim you will have a very tough time with the clay bar.

That's when you can start clipping the paint off the trim since its often not prepped (sanded) but just laying on the surface

This can produce some light scratches but your going to sand and buff anyway :(
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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2014, 10:15:08 PM »
This can produce some light scratches but your going to sand and buff anyway :(

Speaking of sanding and buffing stainless, what is the finest grit you use when you polish?  I went up to 1200 once, but still had some micro scratches that showed through after I polished it.  Maybe wet sand it one last time with 1500, 2000, or ultra-fine?
--1965 fastback, 289/4-spd, built Feb. '65 at Dearborn
--1965 convertible, 289/4-spd, built Mar. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 GT fastback, 289/4-spd, built Dec. '65 at Dearborn
--1966 coupe, 200/3-spd, built Dec. '65 at NJ (in the family since 1968)
--1967 coupe, 289/C4, built Dec. '66 at NJ
--2017 GT

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Re: Aircraft Stripper on Stainless Moldings?
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2014, 09:20:28 PM »
Speaking of sanding and buffing stainless, what is the finest grit you use when you polish?  I went up to 1200 once, but still had some micro scratches that showed through after I polished it.  Maybe wet sand it one last time with 1500, 2000, or ultra-fine?

Believe the last set I did (for the Cougar project) I went to 2000 wet
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