Removing Old Paint

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Hello friends.

I'm approaching legal status for my 79 c10, which means I'll piddle with it here and there.

One of things I wanted to do is get rid of this stupid red, rolled on house paint and get down to presumably what's a sun faded Cardinal Red underneath.


Any ideas on how to do such a thing?

It's very poorly prepped so it wouldn't be super hard to remove... it does appear like enamel


I don't care if I hurt the cardinal red too much, I just want to try my hand at getting to the OEM color.
Appearance doesn't really matter, it's not a princess or show truck
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I'd start with trying different thinners and see what happens.
 

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Ever try anything thats for removing graffiti?


I haven't, but both you and Dan's recommendations seem like a Good starting place

I know nothing about paint, or paint removers for automotive.... so forgive me if yall think this might be very entry level questions
 

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Looks like the original red is burned through and is rusted/patina in several areas. Its likely that even if you get the top coat off with minimal damage, the original paint underneath is probably trashed. Good luck and keep us updated with photos, I'm curious to see how it turns out.

I know nothing about paint, or paint removers for automotive....
FYI aircraft or automotive paint stripper will curdle and destroy both layers, so unless you are prepared to completely strip it and repaint don't try these.
 

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Looks like the original red is burned through and is rusted/patina in several areas. Its likely that even if you get the top coat off with minimal damage, the original paint underneath is probably trashed. Good luck and keep us updated with photos, I'm curious to see how it turns out.


FYI aircraft or automotive paint stripper will curdle and destroy both layers, so unless you are prepared to completely strip it and repaint don't try these.
This is why I suggested the graffiti remover (which works really good on latex - fwiw). Cant see any sanding without getting into whats under it.

Could just call it patina and learn to love it. lol
 

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Yeah, I think that unless you want to bubble off all the paint I would stay away from chemical strippers like airplane remover (always loved that name).

I like the idea of seeing what happens with lacquer thinner maybe on some steel wool. You'd be surprised at what that can remove.

I think if it were me, I would get out the da sander and smooth it all down and create some featheredge between the color coats (and the metal) with some 80 or 120 grit and see if I like the smooth patina that it leaves behind.
 

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Oh if it popped rust spots thru the faded Cardinal Red, that would be AWESOME.
 

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Oh if it popped rust spots thru the faded Cardinal Red, that would be AWESOME.
If you want / like that then I would go with the sander, and then possibly hit the rusty spots with some boiled linseed oil (just google "patina treatment with boiled linseed oil") to help season the rusty spots and perhaps slow them down.
 
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Here's an example video using BLO for patina. Didn't watch the whole thing but there are plenty of examples of patina treatment with BLO and mineral spirits.

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Ive been removing primer from my 74 K5 Blazer every weekend for 2 years. I use a product called Citristrip. Its not harsh and works very well on a top coat of paint that's just not quality or very thick. I put it on using a paint brush in an area I can pay attention to time was and let it sit for 5 min. I then use a drill with a round bristle attachment and hit that paint good...WEAR SAFETY GLASSES...cause paints gona fly. Then to stop the chem reaction I hit it with water from the hose. Here are some shots of the Blazer.

 

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Maybe this weekend I'll pull my tailgate off since it's already chipping all over and try a few things and see what happens,

Again, this Is a rare opportunity to try my hand on paint that wont me cry if it gets damaged
 

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Here's an example video using BLO for patina. Didn't watch the whole thing but there are plenty of examples of patina treatment with BLO and mineral spirits.

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I've heard of fellows using linseed oil to stop the rust and make it shine
 

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Maybe this weekend I'll pull my tailgate off since it's already chipping all over and try a few things and see what happens,

Again, this Is a rare opportunity to try my hand on paint that wont me cry if it gets damaged
That's funny. I actually bought my rusty c10 partly as a "learning platform" for a lot of body work and paint items that I wasn't willing to try on a chevelle I've been restoring.
 

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