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#1 Mark 149 J. ONLINE  

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Posted June 05, 2017 - 10:37 AM

I've been looking for ways to remove the top layer of paint on my son's cub 123.  The paint color is wrong and it looks to be a simple rattle can job.  I've removed some of the paint and you can see that it still has the original IH yellow underneath. 

When I searched the web I found all kinds of suggestion including acetone, reducer, lacquer thinner, sanding, oven cleaner, goof off, razor blades, and rubbing compound. 

 

I tried rubbing compound by hand.  That didn't do anything.  I tried lacquer thinner and it removed the top layer of paint but it also made the IH yellow paint "gummy".  I hate the way the top layer of paint looks and I don't want to repaint this tractor for now because I would like to keep it mostly original.

My question is "What works for removing paint without damaging the bottom layer of original paint?" 

 

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Posted June 05, 2017 - 11:26 AM

I dunno, heat gun?


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Posted June 05, 2017 - 12:25 PM

I just take a rag damp with lacquer and lightly run until it comes off.



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Posted June 05, 2017 - 01:41 PM

Do not use acetone or thinner, if you do you will most likely damage the paint underneath. If I were going to do it I would sand the paint with 1,500 or 2,000 grit wetsand paper and then buff it once I got all the ugly paint off but I'm a professional bodyman so that might not be something you can do. You can also try a clay bar which can be bought at most part stores but I will tell you up front that it will take some serious elbow grease.
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Posted June 05, 2017 - 01:50 PM

What Olds455 said      wet sanding and stay away from solvents


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Posted June 05, 2017 - 03:22 PM

Anything you try is risky - but - oven cleaner will remover rattlecan pretty quick without harming the factory paint in many cases.


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Posted June 05, 2017 - 03:26 PM

Anything you try is risky - but - oven cleaner will remover rattlecan pretty quick without harming the factory paint in many cases.


I've heard some people say that oven cleaner took the paint off to the bare steel so I'm not sure I would risk it. Fume free oven cleaner is less powerful than the regular stuff so it might work without harming the original paint but I would try it in a small spot to make sure.
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Posted June 05, 2017 - 03:40 PM

Fume Free is the equivalent of running the garden hose over it.

 

This old Scout had a rattle-can cammo paintjob when I bought it back in '96.  I gave it a bath in oven cleaner and it took off all the cammo without harming the factory stuff. 

Not that the factory paint is that good but its better than cammo.

 

 

 

Here it is the day I drove-er home.

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Here it is after some Easy-Off [harsh kind/yellow can] oven cleaner

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Posted June 05, 2017 - 06:10 PM

If lacquer thinner is too slow I would go with oven cleaner. Its a slippery slope getting a layer off but on big trucks we always used oven cleaner to remove lettering as most lettering is enamel, similar to rattle can paint


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Posted June 05, 2017 - 07:06 PM

The easiest thing might be to give it a quick scuff and hit it with a couple cans of Rust-Oleum school bus yellow. Give your boy a scuff pad and a newspaper and roll of tape and tell him to have at it.

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Posted June 05, 2017 - 07:12 PM

You might try a little dot3 or dot4 brake fluid, it will chew up rattle can paint pretty quickly.  Depending on what paint technology IH used it might also strip the original though.


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Posted June 05, 2017 - 09:00 PM

Wet sand it
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Posted June 05, 2017 - 09:30 PM

Soda blasting will take the paint off layer by layer. I would be hesitant to use chemicals of any type.
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Posted June 06, 2017 - 06:59 AM

I agree wet sand it. You can actually knock it down to the original. Using this method you still can take a small amount of the original off as well but it will buff out nicely.
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Posted June 06, 2017 - 09:29 AM

Thanks everyone for all of your suggestion!

 

I think I will try sanding it down using very fine grit paper.  I think the top paint is only two coats thick and I think sanding will help smooth out the original paint.


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