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  • #31
    Thanks for agreeing with me Bill. I've always had good luck with steel wool on chromed surfaces.

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    • #32
      Never had a problem repainting the plastic after the easy off or superclean/purple powering. Soap and water wash and good to go. Yeah, I know, model cars aren't real cars, but I used real paint on real plastic. LOL Problem with doing it this way is removal of all paint. Its not very controlable. But then, I'm thinking sanding would be just as unforgiving.

      Only time I've ever used brake fluid to remove paint, besides the accidental spills, I wasn't concerned with the repaint. Mainly because it wasn't my car and I wanted it to be a pain in the ass to repaint.

      No, I'm not advocating vandalism. Teenage boys do some pretty assinine stuff that they think is justified.
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      • #33
        Purple power test take one......

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        • #34
          Purple power test......... Failure!

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          • #35
            Did it remove anything? Remove too much? I usually left my plastic soak for 2 or 3 days, so if nothing yet, may need a bit longer.
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            • #36
              It removed the dirt off the paint nicely.

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              • #37
                Whats the next test?

                Originally posted by poncho1961

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                • #38
                  Not sure yet I'll have to look and see what I have laying around.

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                  • #39
                    Purple Power? The soap? Lol

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                    • #40
                      Id try non-acetone nail polizh remove with steel wool

                      Test on a small area or one of the other sets you have

                      Originally posted by poncho1961

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                      • #41
                        You know that part that's painted gold was usually painter silver or black from the factory, right Chunk? The chrome plating itself is usually pretty poor quality on top of that, and usually starts to lift on those front edges. Personally I would clean the painted surface, paint to desired color, then use steel wool to shine up that front lip, maybe a little Mothers polish on that lip afterwards to help against oxidization.
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                        • #42
                          No part of the gold area is Grey plastic. The part that's painted black is the bars in the grill. Otherwise it's all casted in Grey plastic.

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                          • #43
                            Some of you are kinda missing the point. I've always sanded them down and painted them. Using scotch Brite pads or something. The point of this thread was to see if there really was a way to remove paint from plastic that didn't harm the plastic.

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                            • #44
                              Are you specifying with chrome or without chrome?
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                              • #45
                                Have you tried the oven cleaner idea? Don't let the wife see you doing tho. She'll expect you to clean the oven. LOL

                                Honestly, I've never tried my methods on a urethane based paint. But I have used it to remove enamel and laquer based paint. Not sure what it was painted with, but I cleaned up a lot of the trim in my 93 that was painted red over the as cast gray pieces. Some ****ing idiot sprayed every piece he could remove from the dash, and some he couldn't. (passenger side air bag), trim pieces off the doors, speaker grills, etc. Between the super clean and the easy off, I was back to factory gray without damaging any of it. I didn't use it on the air bag tho. Its still red.
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