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Fiber Glass Paint Stripper

Planning to re-spray the Exige and put it away for good.

Anyone have experience about paint stripper for our Fiber Glass Lotus?

I search on net and found this in Canada Environmentally Friendly Paint Stripper | Environmentally-Friendly Paint Remover | Environment Friendly Paint Removal | Paint Stripping | Removing

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If you can find some one local that can do Baking Soda blasting is your best bet!!

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Id be concerned that the stripper chemical would eat through the resin bonding the fiberglass?
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If you can find some one local that can do Baking Soda blasting is your best bet!!
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Soda Blasting sounds pretty pricy, but I'm worried the chemical stripper will soak into the fiberglass... Anyone tried this all the way to the fiberglass yet?
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any good spray painter can prep and paint a fibreglass car. I don't think it needs to be stripped back to the bare resin. You changing the colour Charles ?

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any good spray painter can prep and paint a fibreglass car. I don't think it needs to be stripped back to the bare resin. You changing the colour Charles ?
I agree... there is no value added to stripping back the factory finish unless it's adhesion is failing or the new paint system is not compatible with the original (this was more prevalent back when enamel was popular) . Just scuff the old finish and go over with a sealer.... and feel free to paypal a small % of the money we just saved you .

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Stupid Lotus Dealer they miss match the original colour 3 yrs ago. So they spray the whole car. But the coating is not shine enough, then they re-spray it again.

Which mean I have 3 coating on it. So I want to do it right and save some weight

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The weight gain is minimal, each coat of paint is as thin as a sheet of paper when dried. I would be inclined to sand, which gives the benifit of smoothing the lines and removing minor ripples. The original fiberglass is not "glass smooth"; sanding gives you the opportunity to create the glossy smoothness which enhances any paint job you put on your car.

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Lets just say I had a minor emergency a few months back and had to rattle can it temporarily The plan was to get it professionally redone, but then the turbo happened and things got even crazier. So I want to strip off the crappy quality paint, and was worried sanding by hand will leave low/high spots.

Suggestions on sanding though? Wet / Dry? Sandpaper / Scotch Brite?
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^^ your best bet would be to spend an hour or two on YouTube. There are quite a few excellent videos detailing the paint prep process with material guidelines and everything.

Just moved to Phoenix, anyone else here?
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You can sand off as much or all of the finish you want. Just don't go into the fiberglass. Auto Body shops use a dual action sander with a pad. It's a pain and can be messed up and cause more problems if not done correctly.

I'm sure you could sand a hole in the clam real easy.

That's the only way I can see it being done.
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