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Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:05 pm
by john2
Hi Folks,
Getting ready to start doing the mods to my frame for the new STOL gear. I have read somewhere that "gasket remover" will take off powdercoating. Can anyone recommend a name brand that they know works well and is easily obtainable? I bought a can of Rustoleum "Decal and Adhesive" remover at Autozone and it wouldn't do anything. O'Reilly's had some stuff that was similar that was for airplanes according to the label and the price was twice as high. I know I can remove it the old fashioned way but wanted someway to get into the cracks and crevices too.

Thanks,
John Cooley

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:38 pm
by danerazz
I got some from autozone, worked, but not great.

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:40 pm
by SuperFly
Hi John,

I have found a small wire wheel is the best way to get powder coating off. If you heat it up with a small propane torch first, it really comes off well. It has to be heated past 500* then it strips of very easily. Typically if a large piece is stripped professionally, they bake the part in an oven at 500, then pressure wash it. Keep that in mind when welding, anywhere the powder coating gets heated to 500 it will discolor and give no protection. So you have to take off more than you want to.

Troy shipped out my gear today, I am doing the same thing you are. I will send you an email privately, I want to get your phone number, so we can share info on welding this gear to the fuselage.

Best,

Ben Schneider
www.stolairplane.com

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:51 pm
by gkremers
John,
I found that Zip Strip works well, it's used to strip paint. I brush it on and wait 15 minutes or so then use a wire wheel chucked on a drill. Where gloves because the zip strip does sting when you get it on your skin.

Gary

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:29 am
by stede52
Aircraft paint stripper also works, can be bought a most auto parts stores. 3-5 minutes and it bubbles the powdercoating.

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:11 pm
by Dauckster
When I was at the factory, I believe it was Permatex brand gasket remover that they were using.

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:28 am
by john2
Hi Folks,

Appreciate the recommendations and help. I picked up some Jasco brand "Premium Paint and Epoxy Remover" at Lowe's yesterday to try. I bought the 15 minute formula because that was the strongest they had. Got home and put it to the test. It is a semi-paste that you brush on. I put some on and let it set for a few minutes then used drill motor with a brass wire brush on it. The powder coating came off very easy and left the metal clean. I am pleased with the results and it is much easier than just using a steel wire brush or the 3M scotch-brite paint stripper that is made for drill motors.

Take Care,
John Cooley
Kit #265

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:36 pm
by cowboy
Post pictures of your project..plan on doing the gear upgrade when money allows. :D

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:35 pm
by SuperFly
Hi Cowboy,

I too am changing my gear to the SuperSTOL gear. I just got mine today. Best Christmas present ever! I got it all unpacked, and laid out, but have had family things this evening, and all day tomorrow. I will be starting soon, watch for updates on my website. I will keep pictures posted as I go.

Best,

Ben
www.stolairplane.com

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:44 am
by Djones1001
I would suggest powderstrip they have top notch stuff. <a href="http://www.pittsburghsprayequip.com/2017/07/17/remove-powder-coating-complete-guide/
">Other options</a> are available to but stripper is probably most logical

Re: Removing Powder Coating

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:40 pm
by BucF16
I checked the link. It doesn't list the PPG product. I have quite a lost to remove due my mods. So far I've used gasket remover/stripper followed by diegrinder with paint remover wheel. But there are some places you can't get the wheel. The gasket remover, is hit and miss. It depends on the concentration that sprays out.
Bruce