One of the big, time consuming jobs on any project vehicle unless you are building one from scratch with raw sheet metal is stripping off years of old paint, primer and anything else on the body panels. There are as many different ways to strip paint as there are types of paint to apply. Many times, especially with older projects, there may be multiple layers of primer, urethane, lacquer and enamels between the bare metal and the outside world. Knowing how to strip car paint is essential if you want to completely remove every old layer without damaging the metal beneath.
How to Strip Paint From Your Car
How to Strip Paint From Your Car | YourMechanic Advice
If you are repainting your car or truck, it is a good idea to remove the paint completely instead of covering it up, unless you are sure that it has the original paint and that it is still in good condition. If you are painting over existing paint, the paint you put on your car is only as good as the coating beneath it. There are 3 major ways to strip paint from a car. You can sand cars that do not have multiple paint jobs, use chemical stripper for difficult jobs where you have to remove several layers of old paint or blast cars that have tight areas that you need to get into. To create this article, volunteer authors worked to edit and improve it over time.
How to Strip Automotive Paint- The Tools and Procedures
Strip and Repaint Why remove the existing paint? There can be many reasons for removing paint before you apply a fresh coat but the most popular reasons are 1. Either of these reasons are good motivation for removing the existing finish. The job shown below was stripped because the vehicle was repaired several years ago and repainted using lacquer primer and lacquer top coats that didn't hold up well. You can see in the picture above that the lacquer painted panel has started too come off while the original painted panel above is still in good shape.
A spike strip also known as traffic spikes , tire shredders , one-way traffic treadles , stingers , stop sticks , a stinger in police slang, and formally known as a tire deflation device is a device or weapon used to impede or stop the movement of wheeled vehicles by puncturing their tires. The spikes are designed to puncture and flatten tires when a vehicle is driven over them; they may be detachable, with new spikes fitted to the strip after use. The spikes may be hollow or solid; hollow ones are designed to detach and become embedded in the tires, allowing air to escape at a steady rate to reduce the risk of the driver losing control and crashing. One type was co-invented by Donald Kilgrow, a retired Utah Highway Patrol trooper, along with a design engineer.