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Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 2 months ago #33470

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The paint job on my old Smoker-Craft was done by amatuers and, predictably, the paint below the waterline is peeling off from the friction with the water (freshwater use only). I noticed a lot of guys just don't bother painting aluminum hullls below the waterline and I gather it's because there are very hard to get paint ot stay there. I'd like to get mine down to bare metal below the waterline. What's the best way to strip off the rest of paint?

Thanks.

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 2 months ago #33490

There are chemical paint strippers made for aluminum wheels (car)that are safe for aluminum. Use as directed and then pressure wash the paint off. Repeat for stubborn spots.

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 1 month ago #34182

zonaman -

I used citrus strip to remove the paint from my DuraCraft...I'd use it again when necessary. A wire brush took care of the stubborn stuff and 3M pads did a nice job of buffing out scratches.

Dave

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 1 month ago #34896

Thanks Guys,

I'm getting ready to start stripping the DuraCraft (just the copper) in between varnish coats on the SeaMac.

have been toying with "Stripeeze" Is that bad?

Jerri

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 1 month ago #36103

The CitrusStrip is nice-it doesn't burn like the Stripeeze when it hits bare skin. I'm wondering what kind of paint is under the copper-it just won't come off.

Anyone know if I can sand and just paint over the old stuff? I would like to use Kirby paint on this project too.

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 1 month ago #36104

Kleen-Strip aircraft stripper is what I use

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 1 month ago #36161

Thanks, will give that a try.

jerri

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 1 month ago #36245

Hi MadProps,

Amazingly enough, I found the kleen-strip here in our tiny town. It works MUCH better than the other stuff. But man does it burn if you get it on your skin.

THANKS, jer

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 4 days ago #39706

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Re:Stripping Paint from Aluminum 11 years 3 days ago #39818

Excellent thread and photos, thanks,

jer

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