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I've got to strip paint off the panel that goes above the trap door. It's a fiberglass panel and I'm not sure if paint stripper will dissolve the fiberglass. I was going to try thinner to see if that took the paint off. PO repainted it on too thick and now it's smooth. Anyone got ideas on how to do this?

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No help from me. Did you search on previous posts? Old and new forum?

Good luck.



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I haven't stripped any of the interior fiberglass pieces, but when i when to strip my fiberglass fenders. I asked the same question. And the concensus was not to use any chemicals, they could get down into the pores and degrade the fiberglass. And that the best way to go is sanding.

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check out your local autobody supply store. Ask them if they have stripper to be used on fiberglas bodies (like Corvettes). You could also check online for Corvette restoration sources that could point you in the right direction.


Also I think the eastwood company sells crushed walnut shells or small plastic balls that are to be used in a media blaster to clean delicate surfaces like fiberglas
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Try an oven-cleaning product such as Easy-Off... Amazing how well this removes paint without damage to the fiberglass. Many brands are safe to your skin and lungs, as well as environmentally-friendly, and after rinsing, leave no residue to affect paint or dye.
 

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the oven cleaner idea is a great one and another is what the plastic model guys use - good ol' Pine Sol. I know if you soak a painted plastic model in Pine Sol for 24 hours, it removes ALL the paint but leaves all the intricate detail on the plastic intact. The only problem is getting a big enough bin to put the interior piece in for soaking, but at least it will leave the simulated vinyl grain pattern intact which is what you are hoping to achieve....

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OK, this has been covered several times over on the old forum. I'll give you the highlights as I recall them:
*If you're dealing with original Ford lacquer, then all you need to harmlessly strip it is lacquer thinner and steel wool. Removes the paint and preserves the grain.
*If it's been repainted with enamel, then you will have to find fiberglass-friendly paint stripper. Corvette stuff will work as will a number of hardware-store brands. Test an inconspicuous area before you go nuts with it. Bernie Frank is the expert on this - having restored the world's knarliest interior quarter panels. In any case, NEVER use sandpaper!

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I was able to use some regular water soluable stripper on my interior panels. Tested it on the backside first to make sure it was OK.
Just the same applied it and left it on only long enough to soften the paint, then removed/neutralized. Good luck - Dickson

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I used Dupli-color stripper with great success. The secret is use it only to remove the layers above the factory paint and you only leave it on panel long enough to do the job, typically 2-4 minutes. Then use #0 steel wool and lacquer thinner to clean off the stripper and old paint. That's how I got the black paint off my parchment panels. Drop me a private email if you got any other questions.

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The only I think I could add to the rest of these guys is wash the panels out with some comet and water when you are done striping Then before you paint wash again with a wax and grease remover and leave every thing dry out the fiberglass does take on most liquids
 
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