I'm looking to remove the paint and rust from a project. Almost the entire truck is covered in a light coat of rust. What is the best was to remove the rust and paint? I'd prefer a way I could do myself, without the help of a commercial method like acid dipping. Thank you in advance
the best way i've found to remove all the paint and primer and get to bare metal is using 36 or 40 grit sandpaper and an air powered sander...electric sander will work alsothere are composite discs made for use with grinders and you can also get them for use with a drill, for removing rust, even better than heavy sandpaper...but be carreful not to stay in one place too long because they heat up FAST and could distort the metali don't like to use the composite discs on paint because of the heat factor...it has a tendency to heat the paint, roll it off the metal, and clog the disc...i get to bare metal with the sandpaper then use the composite disc to hit the rusty spots...then use a wax & grease removing metal cleaner to wipe the dust off then hit the panel with some rust inhibitor/reformer and then use primer
Ya sanding it down to bare metal is the best way I use 40-50 grit sand paper anything more then that can and will cause damage to the metal and keep the sander off the edges so you don't damage them. Once it is to the bare metal use some 80grit to help remove the 40-50 grit scratches.Light rust can be removed with the sander as well and then treat the surface that was rusted with some ospho it works well.
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Hi all,Sanding is always a good option but if I have to remove paint from an entire car or truck down to metal I turn to chemical strippers, like Aircraft Stripper you can buy at Advance Auto Parts or AutoZone. The paint will bubble up within 20 minutes and you scrape it off. You can do entire panels at a time.Then I finish off with sanding to get any off any remaining paint, get rid of the rust and end up with a smooth metal surface as a blank canvas to start with again.Here's a step-by-step guide on how to use a chemical stripper to remove paint from your car.Let us know how you make out or what you ended up doing!
been here 11 months, first post is in a thread that is 3 years old, and has a how-to link that could be to something else...i'm confused and cautious...don't hit any link that does have a url in it
I'm a fan of the magazine and at the time this post was at the top of the threads list. I didn't notice the date until after I posted. I like stopping by from time to time to check for new how-to articles and discovered the forum.I recently stripped the paint off my '73 Cuda so this caught my eye. I tried sanding at first but my car had 2 different colors (some panels even 3) so it was going to take too much sandpaper. Chemical stripping ended up being faster and cheaper. Then I discovered all kinds of "creative" bodywork Some really bad rust areas I tackled with a wire wheel. Grinding discs work great but I've been into these course 3M pads (like a Scotchbrite pad on steroids) - they work great on rust without digging into your metal. The next step will be to install new floor pans and a quarter panel. The link goes to a blog post where I've been chronicling my builds - that's all - didn't mean to spook anybody. I thought I'd save you some time and money in case you were in a similar situation in a few spots with your car.On there you'll see a portion of my quarter panel where I tried out the chemical stripper before proceeding to use it on the rest of the car.This thread is pretty old so you probably found a way that works for you but if someone else stumbles upon it maybe it will help them.
When you do get it down to bare metal be sure to get it cleaned and primed soon. Clean and bare metal will surface rust quickly. Generally speaking, on good metal a good epoxy primer provides great corrosion resistance and adhesion.If the metal is pitted or for whatever reason you can't get all the rust off then a moisture cure primer like POR-15 or Chassis Saver is a good option. Moisture cures tend to fill the pits and encapsulate rust very well. There are a lot of suppliers out there of quality products. If you want to learn more there is some great info over at http://www.thecoatingstore.com. good luck!