Best way to remove paint

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Best way to remove paint

Postby ShawnAgne » Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:47 am

Once I finish up a couple projects (hutch and end table out of solid cherry) in the barn, going to restore the 100. Wondering what the opnion is on the best way to remove the paint. Friend of mine has a sandblast booth and he restores cars, problem his he is 1.5 hours away. Wanting to keep the tractor close to home. I have a needle scaler and I've thought about getting a portable sand blasting unit but I've read how sand isn't good on bearings and seals. So was wondering are the glass/plastic beeds any better? Or am I better off using a paint remover (if so which one)> and then power washing, or cone wire wheel, needle scaler, etc. I'm open to all suggestions. Not going to be a show tractor but want to get it looking nice and keep it that way. Getting the 2150 IH paint to use on it.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby inairam » Sun Aug 01, 2021 7:20 am

There are kits that you hook up to a pressure washer to sandblast. ~$30-50 on amazon
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby Gary Dotson » Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:13 am

It really depends on several factors, as to what the best method may be. First, what are your resources? Second, it depends what the item is that you are stripping. If you’re stripping the tractor with minimal tear down, I’m very much opposed to any form of media blasting. Blasting is great for disassembled components but can make for a lot of issues on an assembled machine. You have a needle scaler, that’s a great tool, use it a lot. Some folks like to use oven cleaner, and of course, there’s paint stripper. You’ll likely end up using several different methods, depending on the area you’re working on.

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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby ricky racer » Sun Aug 01, 2021 8:31 am

I used an angle grinder with a wire cup brush for larger parts and a bench grinder with a wire wheel for smaller parts. Remember to wear safety glasses because wires can fly off of either tool and wear a dust mask because that old pant may contain lead.
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Aug 01, 2021 12:04 pm

Agree with Ricky on the PPE, but I use a face shield in addition to my glasses. It’s no fun getting a wire shot into your face.
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby inairam » Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:19 pm

remember there is probably lead in the paint . you do not want to be breathing it in.
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby ShawnAgne » Sun Aug 01, 2021 2:23 pm

The plan is to remove the tires, all the sheet metal, and all the extra stuff (Battery box, generator, hydraulic tubes, etc.). Get it to just the frame and motor and paint that then paint the stuff I take off separately. I think I'll use the paint stripper and power washer method to get most off what I can then use the others stuff. Thanks for advice.
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Aug 01, 2021 4:07 pm

Be careful using the paint stripper and power washer around seals and bearings.
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby ShawnAgne » Sun Aug 01, 2021 5:09 pm

Yeah was thinking backend areas where I don't have the seals, but still may just play safe with wire brush on drill and needle scaler.
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby Hunt_man777 » Thu May 26, 2022 3:05 pm

My dad and myself recently finished total tear down (new clutch) and on the way back up he decides im gonna paint this tractor.
Things ive tried:
Aircraft paint remover: didnt do a damn thing

Pressure washer media blaster attachment: worked damn good with sand from my driveway. Major drawback was the samd from my driveway just cause it was a frickin mess.

Outside media blasting pot from Harbor freight:
Dad had a better experience with that than me. I never could get it to work right.

After all that i ended up hot water pressure washing. Got and assortment of wire wheels, brushes, ect. For my side grinder, end grinder, and drill and got me a decent bucket to sit on, a clear full face shield and my welding gloves and went to work. Wire wheel till i got bored. Blow off with the air compressor. Wire wheel some more. Took time but it turned out great. Forgot to mention ive had good experiences with the bottom of the barrel blasting cabinet from Harbor freight. After some small modifications i got from a google search it works great. And i use this cabinet at least once every single day. Well worth the $100 or so bucks the only thing that sucked with the cabinet is that it was just a tad to small.
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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby ajhbike » Thu May 26, 2022 4:06 pm

I just finished a JD B and I use the following:

Wire cup and heavy wire wheels for angle grinder and drill (canvass coat and full face shield)
flapper disks
needle scaler
Oscillating tool with scraper
Dremel with 3 ft extender cord
Paint scraper with the side "hook" (thanks Don)
Various small and large stiff wire brushes

For the gunky stuff, kerosene with a brush and Goof Off. I actually find it soothing doing the hand scraping of the grease/manure/dirt in the usual areas. But I have to paint in between some of the parts for the gratification. And you are right about the powered wire brushes...If not clothed properly the wires are sticking in me, in my clothes and I actually end up shedding them in the house where they used to end up in people's feet...I wasn't popular

Have fun and it will make it all worth it!

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Re: Best way to remove paint

Postby ShawnAgne » Sat May 28, 2022 8:41 pm

We ended up sandblasting the whole thing. Came out great have it here in another thread.
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