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Anybody know the best way to remove paint?

#1 Post by curiocarrier » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:49 pm

I'll start off, in my defense, no I didn't spray paint a gun. My buddies at the local shop took in a Beretta 1934, but weren't sure they'd be able to sell it because, as the subject notes, somebody went and spray painted it black. Long story short, they gave me the loyal customer/nobody's going to buy a spray painted psitol discount, and just asked if I got it back to normal that I'd bring it in so they could take a look.

I've managed to get 95 percent of the pistol done, left only with a bit around the front and rear sights, and the slide serrations. I've tried everything from mineral spirits to actual spray paint remover, and it has worked wonders an all but the finicky little areas. Toothbrush and elbow grease doesn't seem to get those spots. Just wondering if anyone has ideas on how I can finish the restoration/rescue project.

Oh, for the record, once I got the paint coming off, my desire to scream at whomever did the painting increased, as the old girl has an absolutely beautiful nickel plating job.

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#2 Post by atxgunguy » Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:50 pm

I’m sure Marlene or KlownKannon can offer some advice.
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#3 Post by lurker » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:19 pm

remove all the plastic bits, soak it in the solvent(s) of your choice for a week
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#4 Post by Daveepee » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:36 pm

Try carburetor cleaner?

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#5 Post by Marlene » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:46 pm

Carb cleaner could be good. I’d try toluene or methyl ethyl ketone. They’ll probably melt your toothbrush.
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#6 Post by YankeeTarheel » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:46 pm

There's a really nasty paint stripper I used to refinish a wood floor that took off multiple layers of varnish. Absolutely must use a filter mask, goggles and gloves but it just bubbled every bit away. May want to use a brass wire brush very gently on it.
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#7 Post by Kayaker » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:59 pm

Try a heat gun on your gun. Seriously, a heat gun will make the paint bubble right off.

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#8 Post by SubRosa » Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:47 am

DOT-3 brake fluid will really ruin (read strip) paints. Won't hurt metals or plastic, either.

Cheap at the auto parts store, too.

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#9 Post by foghorn » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:52 am

Marlene wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:46 pm
Carb cleaner could be good. I’d try toluene or methyl ethyl ketone. They’ll probably melt your toothbrush.
I vote for Methyl Ethyl Ketone - just because it's fun to say. Sorta like Chimichanga.
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#10 Post by lurker » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:15 am

sandblaster. what, you want to use the thing afterwards?
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#11 Post by SubRosa » Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:09 am

MEK and Methylene Chloride are both carcinogenic. Bad shit for humans.

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#12 Post by YankeeTarheel » Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:19 am

SubRosa wrote:
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MEK and Methylene Chloride are both carcinogenic. Bad shit for humans.

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#13 Post by SubRosa » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:08 pm

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So's lead poisoning.
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And the severity of that depends on how fast and where that lead was delivered. ;)

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#14 Post by TrueTexan » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:54 pm

Sodium bicarbonate blaster. Will remove the paint without harming to metal unlike sandblasting. Also try brake cleaner available at any auto store. Or get a can of heavy duty Easy Off oven cleaner the one that has Sodium Hydroxide. Spray it on and place in trash bag out in sun over night the wash throughly paint will be gone drytrhoughly oil.. Wear rubber gloves and safety goggles.
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#15 Post by YankeeTarheel » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:09 pm

SubRosa wrote:
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So's lead poisoning.
And the severity of that depends on how fast and where that lead was delivered. ;)

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#16 Post by Marlene » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:07 pm

The oven cleaner can mess up some metal finishes. It's a doozy on aluminum.
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#17 Post by MaxwellG » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:19 am

Methyl Ethyl Ketone you'll need gloves, eye protection, and an inline respirator, it's dangerous stuff.
Methyl Ethyl Ketone is highly toxic stuff - there are many harmful and possibly fatal things it can do to your body - the fumes will displace oxygen.
Use only on metal - used it a lot working on aircraft, it's banned in California.
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#18 Post by lurker » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:42 am

AND, it removes all your aircraft.
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#19 Post by YankeeTarheel » Sat Jun 30, 2018 8:47 am

You could just use a power washer. I recently got one from Harbor Freight for $250. Other than being really difficult to start the first time around (Might just have been junk in the carb), it works like a champ, first pull every time. It not only stripped the green mold/algae off my deck, it took off the stain, too (which is OK as it's cedar), and, too close can take off wood...OOPS!!!!! 'Course, unless you clamp the frame down really well, it might blow the gun across the yard!
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#20 Post by TxChinaman » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:33 pm

How about a heat gun? Applied with care.

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#21 Post by NoEyeDeer » Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:44 pm

SubRosa wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:47 am
DOT-3 brake fluid will really ruin (read strip) paints. Won't hurt metals or plastic, either.

Cheap at the auto parts store, too.

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I'd try brake fluid or maybe goof-off?

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#22 Post by YankeeTarheel » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:38 pm

Gee, I wonder if Alex Jones and "Infowars" sells "Tactical gun paint remover"?
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