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Old 04-15-2015, 03:34 PM   #1
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Removing paint from aluminum panniers

PO of my GSA painted the bags black and I'm thinking of stripping them and selling them.

I assume that special care needs to be taken between the nonremovable plastic bits and the aluminum itself. Any suggestions for products and techniques?

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Old 04-15-2015, 04:30 PM   #2
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:28 PM   #3
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Old 04-15-2015, 05:35 PM   #4
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Don't screw around trying to use anything else.
Mask the plastic so the stripper doesn't get on any of it.






Or.......






paint them silver.


















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Old 04-15-2015, 07:56 PM   #5
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paint them silver

Good idea!

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Old 04-15-2015, 08:00 PM   #6
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"DO NOT USE ON AIRCRAFT."

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Old 04-15-2015, 08:16 PM   #7
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a good trick for the stripper is to pour it on the surface & cover with a piece of clear plastic. the plastic keeps the evil stuff in contact with the surface & prevents vapors from flashing off. not only can you spread & work the stripper underneath the sheet, you can watch the progress. if you're lucky, 90% of the paint will stick to the plastic when you peel it off. I have stripped underside of big parts by pouring stripper on the sheet & lifting into place.
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Don't screw around trying to use anything else.
Mask the plastic so the stripper doesn't get on any of it.






Or.......






paint them silver.




















I used this stuff on the aluminum panels of an enclosed trailer.
It did nothing....absolutely nothing. I might as well have used water.
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Are you sure it's paint and not powder coat? Those aircraft strippers will ruin powder coat but won't remove it.
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Are you sure it's paint and not powder coat? Those aircraft strippers will ruin powder coat but won't remove it.
The OP said it was paint and given the need to cook the paint, I assume that the nonremovable plastic parts would preclude powder coating.

I'm going to put some acetone on a rag tonight and see what that does, if anything.

Thanks all! Really appreciate the thoughts.
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The OP said it was paint and given the need to cook the paint, I assume that the nonremovable plastic parts would preclude powder coating.

I'm going to put some acetone on a rag tonight and see what that does, if anything.

Thanks all! Really appreciate the thoughts.
Easy Off oven cleaner. I do NOT know if it will etch aluminum.
That orange smelling furniture stripper. I do NOT remember the name but it is something citrus.
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years ago, trying to get a little more "green", the boss bought some orange cleaner/stripper for the shop. I read the ingredients & first on the list was.... methyl chloride, which is the active ingredient in all paint strippers. got a laugh out of that one. Easy Off is caustic.... not too good for aluminum
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Be very careful what you use on plastic!

I have found Hoppes #9 bore solvent to not hurt most plastics (glocks are plastic) and does a really good job at removing most paints. Try it on a small inconspicuous spot first.

Acetone can hurt some plastics so can citristrip.
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"DO NOT USE ON AIRCRAFT."

The consumer stuff is not certified for aviation use, and that's the only real difference.

You could use this instead if you like:
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You could try DIY soda blasting or find somewhere that does blasting with crushed walnut shells, takes paint off but doesn't harm the metal.
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