- Feb 2, 2015
Question out of nowhere, Donovan. What do you do to remove 1980 GM lacquer that is all checked and crappy? I have heard that sanding this stuff is like sanding rubber cement. I need to do the whole roof, which is a challenge for aircraft stripper, washing it off, it goes everywhere.
For me personally, I’m really old school in my approach to it. I use 80 grit discs on the DA, and strip it all off manually, clear down to the bare metal. Although extremely time consuming and monotonous, it ensures you get every last little bit of it, and no noxious chemicals and mess from chemical strippers to contend with.
Some guys don’t have the patience for it, they’ll use something like a 40 grit disc on a high speed sander. I’m not really a fan of this method, if you’re not careful and catch a sensitive area you could do damage with the heat created. Also, I find the faster you try and remove it, the more it heats up and just ends up smearing. Then you spend additional time chasing the smears around. The 80 grit on the DA doesn’t have this problem.
That’s just how I do it, everyone seems to have their own preference.
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