Best Technique To Remove Paint

Discussion in 'Bicycle Restoration Tips' started by TheDXjedi, Aug 31, 2016.

  1. #1 Posted Aug 31, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    i am trying to find the best way to remove spray paint and save the original paint underneath..any help is greatly appreciated
     
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  2. #2 Posted Aug 31, 2016

    I live for the CABE

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    Try "Goof -Off " first. lacquer thinner too if you have some. wash it on small area with a brush back and forth. You will know immediately if either will work.
    Easy off extra strength oven cleaner. Spray on in a "test " area . Don't leave on long and wash off with water.
    Last resort a stripper but ......it could take the original graphics and maybe the base paint with it. I like that new "orange" inviormently friendly stuff as it is not as caustic as Parks.
    I am sure others will chime in here as to their favorites. I like Goof Off but it will not work on all paints.
     
  3. #3 Posted Oct 20, 2016

    Look Ma, No Hands!

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    Factory paint is lacquer based because it dried fast and didn't slow down production. Most do-it-yourselfers use enamel spray paint. So, I would try mineral spirits or paint thinner before using any of the "hotter" solvents. I'm afraid Goof-Off and lacquer thinner are going to take you down to bare metal. Personally, I've had no luck at all with the so called Evo-Safe chemicals.
     
  4. #4 Posted Nov 1, 2016

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    I start every overpaint removal with hot water from the tap and xXxX steel wool. I also use Windex and the same steel wool...avoid the hotter stuff. 3m rubbing compound can also ease stubborn paint and get it moving. Trick is no matter what your poison... always go slow.
     
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  5. #5 Posted Nov 1, 2016

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    Depends on the era and the manufacturer. Most factory paint was an enamel.
     
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  6. #6 Posted Nov 5, 2016

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    This is bad advice; You'll make a sticky mess of all the paint it comes into contact with- Lacquer thinner is much too "hot" for enamels.
     
  7. #7 Posted Aug 12, 2017

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    I'm looking to remove some spray paint my self from this bike as you can see the paint is already flaking off whats the best step to take first GEDC1341.JPG GEDC1345.JPG GEDC1347.JPG
     
  8. #8 Posted Aug 12, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    As you have noticed...there are many ways to remove the spray paint and hopefully save the original color.

    I tried chemical-strip in small amounts with a brush and
    immediately wiped it off with a rag. No sanding of any kind.

    This Columbia had been “spray-painted” green.
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    I took a photo when there was still traces of the green.
    I applied the strip in small amounts and left it on for a very
    short period.
    Once the green was removed, I immediately used soap and water
    to stop the chemical from further penetrating into the original paint.

    I’m not saying this will work for you.
    Only what worked for me.

    And what ever you try....don’t sand at all.
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    IMG_4623.JPG IMG_4621.JPG IMG_4622.JPG IMG_4625.JPG IMG_4626.JPG IMG_4630.JPG My vote is not to buy house or spray paint bikes. This one is a lost cause now because some idiot used miultiple coats of house paint, I used Goof Off and a scotch brite pad very lightly, take was so incredibly caked up. I was gentle but started seeing bare metal. This kid even painted the bars, truss rods, wheels, you name it. No more for me, OG paint bikes only!
     
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    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    "I will never buy a house or spray painted Bluebird bike that is available and affordable."

    Said no one on the forum! :D
     
  11. #11 Posted Aug 12, 2017

    Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe

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    Acceptions can be made!
     
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  12. #12 Posted Aug 12, 2017

    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    It was given to us my grandfather is often given bikes because he takes ones that dont work missing wheel broken chain bent crank and fixes them up to ride-able condition were not trying for perfect just more attractive that red is really ugly and if its free were gonna take it no matter the paint usually i leave the over paint alone but its flaking off and the blue is much much more attractive thus will sell better when displayed out in front of our house.
     
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    'Lil Knee Scuffer

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    thanks i had considered wet/dry sand paper at first
     
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    Takes time to remove only the top layer
    of paint and not the original .

    I did the chemical-strip as a last resort.
    I was lucky that the original paint did not
    come off.
    I don't recommend it because there’s no assurance that
    it will work on all bikes.
    Try the other techniques first so as not to
    further damage the original paint.
    Good Luck!
     
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