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Old 03-02-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Friend has an old vehicle and cant find the center caps for the wheels new so they want to paint the ones they have.

What will remove the paint without messing up the plastic?
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possibly oven cleaner depending on the paint. i used to use that on model cars.

if that doesnt work a jack hammer, but he'll have to have a gentle touch
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possibly oven cleaner depending on the paint. i used to use that on model cars.

if that doesnt work a jack hammer, but he'll have to have a gentle touch
I heard brake fluid works also but never tried it
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I heard brake fluid works also but never tried it
i know brake fluid aint good for paint. dont know what it would do to plastic. i have used the oven cleaner on model cars alot. takes it off clean without touching the plastic at all. like i said, im sure the type of paint will affect results though.
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Grinding wheel.

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i know brake fluid aint good for paint. dont know what it would do to plastic. i have used the oven cleaner on model cars alot. takes it off clean without touching the plastic at all. like i said, im sure the type of paint will affect results though.
I have some old Tundra center caps I can test a few things on..theres gotta be something that is made for this though
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nothing like a nice rough finish for paint to stick to
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Just paint over the existing paint. Sand smooth and paint.
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Just paint over the existing paint. Sand smooth and paint.
might come down to that
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from googling a lot of sites are saying pine sol. let it soak for a couple hours then use a toothbrush to scrub it. dont add water. rinse and repeat.


dont gloss over the jack hammer idea previously mentioned by the good looking intelligent forum member
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from googling a lot of sites are saying pine sol. let it soak for a couple hours then use a toothbrush to scrub it. dont add water. rinse and repeat.


dont gloss over the jack hammer idea previously mentioned by the good looking intelligent forum member
weird the stuff that will take paint off ..I have 4 old tundra center caps I can soak each one in different chit and see which one works
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weird the stuff that will take paint off ..I have 4 old tundra center caps I can soak each one in different chit and see which one works
do it. i love science experiments. post results with pics (including calculator, gun and kitchen utensil)
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O'Reilly's has some aircraft paint stripper that is made to work with plastics, I believe.
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O'Reilly's has some aircraft paint stripper that is made to work with plastics, I believe.
thanx for the info man
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O'Reilly's has some aircraft paint stripper that is made to work with plastics, I believe.
that sounds more expensive and less exciting than pine sol
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http://www.kleanstripauto.com/


Go to this website and look under aircraft on the left.
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Found this on the web-------

If the paint stuck to the plastic is latex or water based paint, you can use a sponge and soapy water. However, when the paint is oil-based (like mine was) you need to use care in removing in it as you might damage the plastic. You can, of course, try to scrape paint off plastic but you run the risk of scratching it with the tool you use. In the case of my plastic chair, I didn't want to scratch it so I decide to try 4 different readily available household products and report their results. In order of gentlest to harshest, here are the 4 paint removal products I tried:

Vegetable Oil

Yup, that's right. In my case, I had Canola oil so that's what I used. I applied the oil to my rag and scrubbed the affected area. It took a bit of time, muscle and I did use my fingernail through the rag but I was able to remove most the paint. Another plus, none of the color came off.

Pinesol (Orange)

I used the Pinesol concentrate directly on my rag and scrubbed. I still had to use a bit of elbow grease but the paint did come off more easily. Again, no discoloration.

Rubbing Alcohol

The rubbing alcohol was particularly effective. A lot less scrubbing and the paint came off the plastic easily. There was a small amount of color left on the rag but I could see no visible difference on the chair.

Paint Thinner

Using the same method as the 3 previous products, I applied the paint thinner to my rag and scrubbed the area. The paint came off a little but not a lot more easily than the rubbing alcohol. However, a lot of color was left on my rag. The discoloration that occurred was slight and unfortunately, it could not be picked up in the picture.

I tried the 4 above methods on my paint splattered chair and a painted pvc pipe. You can see the pictures by clicking on the link below.

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10/21/2009Dan, I didn't remember about brake fluid but I have heard that one, too. Oven cleaner is a first for me. Thanks for your additions. Dan Chisler
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Brake fluid is instant death for plastic!

You can probably get paint off of plastic if you have patience. And I mean like days of keeping it wet with either mineral spirits or that orange peel solvent.

I just found out last week that "Goo Gone" is made of orange peel. You might try some of that but like I said it will require days of keeping the paint saturated with it IF it is going to work.

Before repainting wipe with isoprophyl alcohol and use a primer. It helps if you have samples to test. Mistakes are not reversible.
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If the paint stuck to the plastic is latex or water based paint, you can use a sponge and soapy water. However, when the paint is oil-based (like mine was) you need to use care in removing in it as you might damage the plastic. You can, of course, try to scrape paint off plastic but you run the risk of scratching it with the tool you use. In the case of my plastic chair, I didn't want to scratch it so I decide to try 4 different readily available household products and report their results. In order of gentlest to harshest, here are the 4 paint removal products I tried:
thanx for the write up man
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