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Old 03-10-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Best way to remove amateur spray paint job

Hey everybody.
I'm highly considering buying a 97 TJ with a 4.0. There's only one problem. The previous owner spray painted the entire rig camouflage, using rust-oleum. I'm looking to repaint the whole thing gloss black, but wondering where to begin.

Should I remove the camo? Should I try to remove the camo AND the stock paint? Should I sand and prime over the spray paint? Use paint thinner or aircraft remover?

HELP! please!
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Old 03-10-2012, 01:42 PM   #2
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if u want to use automotive paint to paint it again you need all the spray paint off i would find someone to sand blast entire thing.

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Old 03-10-2012, 01:53 PM   #3
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Lacquer thinner & elbow grease !!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-10-2012, 02:41 PM   #4
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Will aircraft remover really take it to bare metal? Is that what I want to use? Or is there a better thinner?
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Old 03-10-2012, 03:48 PM   #5
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Your best bet will be to sand the jeep down with 220. There is no need to go down to bare metal just down to the original base coat. I would not recoment aircraft stripper. It is a huge mess.
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Old 03-10-2012, 08:51 PM   #6
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I once stripped paint off an entire 82 Buick regal with industrial paint stripper in aerosol cans. I soaked the entire car and used a pressure washer. It made a huge mess but I was done in about 3 hrs. There was still some stubborn areas that I had to double dose on but it saved tons of time. Then we wiped it down and primed within hrs. I bought the chemical at a tractor store, made to strip tractor paint off. Can't say I'd like to do it again but it worked.
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Your best bet will be to sand the jeep down with 220. There is no need to go down to bare metal just down to the original base coat. I would not recoment aircraft stripper. It is a huge mess.
X2 There is no reason to take it down to bare metal.
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I would recommend a dual action sander (DA). Get some training if you haven't used one or it will be uneven I would take the camo and the clear off the vehicle, leaving only the base color. Once you have 80% or so off use 220 to take it down further and then 400. Both be done by wet sanding. This should make a nice surface to paint on.

Depending on the base coat you may or may not need to prime.

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