What to Use to Strip Paint Now That Methylene Choride is Banned?

Discussion in 'Color is everything!' started by Patent Pending, Apr 11, 2020.

  1. Patent Pending

    Patent Pending Well-Known Member

    I need to strip and repaint my valve covers. I don't have access to equipment such as media blasters, so I really need to use some solvent to remove the old paint. I am wondering if anyone has recently found/used a good paint stripper now that methylene chloride based strippers are banned by the EPA and nowhere to be found.
  2. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

  3. 12lives

    12lives Gravity is matter warping space-time - Einstein

    You're not going to like this, and I hate to pass it on, but drain cleaner, which is basically lye, works great. Just be careful. Google it. And do not use on aluminium:
  4. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Get 5 gallon of paint thinner and soak them,..real paint thinner from an automotive paint store
  5. Patent Pending

    Patent Pending Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for the good suggestions.
  6. philbquick

    philbquick Founders Club Member

    Paint stripper from Lowes/Home Depot.
  7. JoeBlog

    JoeBlog Platinum Level Contributor

    I saw a product at AutoZone a few months ago. It comes in a blue spray can and is labeled “Aircraft Remover.” Now, I’m not saying that if there’s a stray aircraft in your yard that all you have to do is spray it onto the aircraft to make it all go away, but they started making it more environmentally responsible (read: weaker formula), so don’t fall for the hype. Try this stuff instead:

  8. Patent Pending

    Patent Pending Well-Known Member

    Thanks Joe. I was hoping that the aircraft remover would do double duty as both a paint remover and a way to remove stray aircraft from my yard, but i won't fall for it :cool:). And thanks for the tip re ekostrip.
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  9. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    If you are not in a hurry drop them in a bucket of hot water and a cup of citric acid powder for a week. The paint will come off and they will be rust-free. Wash them off and paint
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  10. Quick Buick

    Quick Buick Arlington Wa

    Oven cleaner...... Im sure there must be a bunch of videos on YT
  11. DasRottweiler

    DasRottweiler -BuickAddict-

    I use a KleenStrip product called Aircraft Paint Remover. Strangely nuff, in small print it said," Do not use this on aircraft."
    I will add , do not get any chemical stripper near seams. It can penetrate the seam , reactivate and ruin a paint job. Jim

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