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I can see my original paint job under PO spray job...

Discussion in 'Early Jeep Restoration and Research' started by bardp, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. Aug 6, 2006

    bardp Power Steering

    Concord, NC
    May 24, 2006
    It looks like the previous owner spraypainted (poorly) my 74 white over its original Fairway Green factory job. It is thin and streaky in some places, and flaking off in others. Where it is flaking off the original paint looks pretty good.

    Here is my question: Is there a way to strip away the spray job to expose the original paint? I know it is a long shot but I thought if anyone knew it would be you guys.
  2. Aug 6, 2006

    1963cj5 Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Best bet would be you will have to repaint it..Sand it down take time but thats the best part of owning a JEEP...I am in the same process you are.We have been at it for two weekends now and still have body work to do..
    They do make strippers for paint I have yet to take the easy way out..My fear of some strippers is it gets under and inbetween seams and will be the first place to start to rust again..
  3. Aug 6, 2006
    Lieutenant Mike

    Lieutenant Mike Firefighter Mike

    Boaz AL
    Oct 4, 2005
    It might be a long shot, but I think you can have someone media or soda blast your paint. It is my understanding that someone that knows what the are doing can take one layer of paint off at a time. Here in AL I got an estimate of about $800 for my CJ6. :mad: Needless to say, I didn't have it done.
  4. Aug 20, 2006

    uglyjeep Member

    Oct 9, 2005
    One thing you can try is a chemical called acrysol, it is similar to acetone and it is used by many auto body shops. It is very slow to disolve or affect factory set and aged paints, but it can remove newer paint and not so aged or set in paint, like spray paint, much easier. My brother in law worked at a ford dealership, and they would use it to remove spray paint vandalism from a cars original finish. Of course the original paint had to be buffed and rewaxed or clear coated, but from what I was told, it worked well. I used to be able to find it at Fleet Farm stores, I used it for degreasing parts before I painted them. I haven't seen it there for a while. It's pretty nasty stuff health wise though, and it stinks like laquer thinner. Noy sure if it will help or not, depends on how durable that spray paint the PO used on your jeep was.

  5. Aug 20, 2006

    Hippo393 Jeepless

    Charlotte, NC
    Sep 22, 2002
    I'd try a small smattering of thinners (acetone, mineral spirits, etc) and try some light rubbing in an inconspicuous area prior to any drastic measures.

    Also, perhaps it's flaking off due to heat? Maybe try a heat gun & see what happens? HTH. :beer:

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