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  • #16
    I'd just paint the silver back on. That may be what you have to do.

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    The Lord of Hardcore
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    • #17
      I would try soda blasting first.then if it wasnt enough crappy paint removal bead blasting as a last resort.blast it and use a high build primer and alot of sanding,respraying the high build,you may get the results your after.
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      • #18
        These grills are just plastic and FRAGILE. I don't know if I'd be comfortable soda blasting them. The results I'm looking for is the original silver/black plastic.

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        • #19
          Like so...

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          • #20
            Steel wool. I've done that on chrome plated plastic grilles to get overspray and extra paint off. Extra fine.
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            • #21
              Might work.

              yours truly,
              The Lord of Hardcore
              -Mike

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Mr. HARDCORE View Post
                If you listen to JJ, you won't have anything left to paint. Lol

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                The Lord of Hardcore
                I mentioned fine steel wool earlier


                Originally posted by poncho1961

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                • #23
                  So now you're stealing DBs ideas. Very sad, INDEED!!

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                  The Lord of Hardcore
                  -Mike

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                  • #24
                    Soda blast every time. It should leave the finish the same. It's not aggressive like other media. You can try different pressures.

                    The only other trick is brake fluid and a rag. I have seen the RC boys use it to strip back body shells for restoration


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                    • #25
                      No way am I going to blast these in anyway. These grills get too fragile. Not to mention one year only and they don't repop them.

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                      • #26
                        Superclean or Easy Off oven cleaner. If you use the Superclean, fill a plastic tub with the shit and put the grill in it and let it sit for a day or two, pull it out, rinse it off. Do it again to remove whatever didn't lift.

                        Easy Off. Spray and let sit. Repeat. Paint will lift off.

                        Did either/both of these many times with old plastic models to remove old paint. Paint softens, washes off. Cleaned the part with soap and water afterwards and repainted.

                        If you use the easy off, try not to let it sit too long after the easy off dries up. The paint gets hard and globby, (technical term) and is harder to get off. If you can find a big plastic bag, maybe like a garbage bag, put it in there and the stuff won't dry up so quick. By the way, that easy off shit is pretty toxic outside of ovens. Rubber gloves and safety glasses. And some ventilation.
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                        • #27
                          I saw on HorsePower TV soak plastic in brake fluid. Eats the paint but not the plastic. Then clean the brake fluid off.
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                          • #28
                            I just reread one of Chucks posts. My idea would probably remove the original finish too, and take it to bare plastic. If you're trying to save that original silver, it would probably soften that and remove it as well. My idea is a Last resort then.
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                            • #29
                              Thanks for agreeing with me, Pops. I'm thinking the best way is to redo the whole thing. You risk contamination with solvents and brake fluids.

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                              The Lord of Hardcore
                              -Mike

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                              • #30
                                I just used OOOOO steel wool to remove what I wanted before I repainted them. No Solvents or cleaners. .02
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