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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 183
posted December 22, 2001 05:51 AM
I made a number of pieces for my car and cant get the clear plastic coating off the aluminum. I have tried eveything from brake/carb cleaner to hot water. Now it has the finish of a dead carp missing 1/2 its scales. Next time I'll test pull a sheet prior to making the parts!

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted December 22, 2001 09:20 AM
Gene This will happen if the alum sits in the sun.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 151
posted December 22, 2001 10:26 PM
If it's hopeless you might try some Commercial Grade PVC glue (the toxic stuff), let it sit on there and see if it will help remove the plastic. Test a an inconspicous spot first. I once used this method to remove plastic coating on some factory mags, it helped a lot.

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 3
posted December 23, 2001 11:51 AM
I work in a body shop and I would try 3M adhesive remover, but you should have probably tryed it before the brake clean. You lucky that the brake claen didn't take the color off the panels. Let the 3M product sit for a couple minutes then us a rag with some of the adhesive remover on it to wipe it off. Hope this helps.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 76
posted December 23, 2001 05:34 PM
Propane torch?

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 36
posted December 23, 2001 09:13 PM
try a hair dryer or find some stuff called GOO-GONE it is used for removing glue and adhesive left behind from vinyl

Dirt Full Roller

Total posts: 41
posted December 24, 2001 08:50 AM
Heat he backside wih a hair dryer and it should peel off like vinyl decals.

Dirt Newbie

Total posts: 1
posted December 24, 2001 01:30 PM
I agree with the heat theory. Try a hair dryer. A regular heat gun may be too hot. Hope this works.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 183
posted December 24, 2001 08:28 PM
Oldgold wins! I got some stuff called "OOPS". Spray it on and the plastic comes off with little effort. But lots of little pieces. I got hold of a tape used to cover bullet holes in airplanes, it woks very well, but near impossible to pull it off the bare aluminum. Thanks everyone for your help!

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