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v8s4me

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2,404 posts

105 months

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Monday 14th February 2011 quote quote all
Can anyone recommend a paint stripper I can use to remove paint from plastic door mirror covers? Thanks in advance.

phillpot

8,189 posts

69 months

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Monday 14th February 2011 quote quote all

Back in my model kit building days there was a kind of paste you could get at model shops (not many of them left now) that would strip paint off plastic but no idea if it would touch modern car paint ?

GreenV8S

23,471 posts

170 months

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Tuesday 15th February 2011 quote quote all
I suspects Frosts may have something fibreglass-friendly, but you'd need to check carefully.

Barkychoc

7,419 posts

90 months

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Tuesday 15th February 2011 quote quote all
How much are new mirror covers - not cheap I suspect but if you start buying expensive lotions and potions it might not be as far away as you think and a damn sight less effort biggrin

GadgeS3C

3,465 posts

50 months

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I think new mirror covers are the next indicator frown
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Gerald-TVR

4,849 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 15th February 2011 quote quote all
You can get suitable paint stripper from a boat yard as they use it on fibreglass boats. Had some to strip 'walnut' finish off dash and it worked well if very slowley. Cant remember name but was a Green gloup.

But be GENTLE!!

Good luck

v8s4me

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2,404 posts

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The mirrors are now extinct the same as the indicators but I’ve managed to get a pair as insurance against the day when some idiot smashes one of mine. They weren’t cheap so I want to be very careful and not melt them. They are plastic, not fibre glass, not sure if that makes a difference to the chemicals to use so maybe a call to Surface and Design to see if they can supply something suitable.

phillpot

8,189 posts

69 months

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Gerald-TVR said:
Cant remember name but was a Green gloup.

But be GENTLE!!

Good luck
Was it this stuff Norman ?

Gerald-TVR

4,849 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 15th February 2011 quote quote all
phillpot said:
Gerald-TVR said:
Cant remember name but was a Green gloup.

But be GENTLE!!

Good luck
Was it this stuff Norman ?
Yep thats it

Barkychoc

7,419 posts

90 months

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Wednesday 16th February 2011 quote quote all
v8s4me said:
The mirrors are now extinct the same as the indicators but I’ve managed to get a pair as insurance against the day when some idiot smashes one of mine. They weren’t cheap so I want to be very careful and not melt them. They are plastic, not fibre glass, not sure if that makes a difference to the chemicals to use so maybe a call to Surface and Design to see if they can supply something suitable.
If you are saying you have a couple of new ones personally I'd use those and keep your existing painted ones as spares biggrin

v8s4me

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2,404 posts

105 months

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Wednesday 16th February 2011 quote quote all
No, I have s/h ones so I need to remove the old paint.

TVR-Stu

473 posts

85 months

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Friday 6th December 2013 quote quote all
Thread resurrection just to add that I've found a good solution for this problem just in case someone else needs advice in the future.

If you can find a decent plastic container about the size of the mirror (I used an old ice cream container) then empty a large bottle of acetone FREE nail varnish remover in to it, put the lid on to stop the remover evaporating and leave the mirror cover soaking for half an hour or so the paint should bubble up and you can remove it fairly easily. If it won't come off at first just immerse the mirror cover for a bit longer. It doesn't need to be completely covered as the fumes seem to work almost as well as the fluid.
It's possible to get larger quantities of the remover on the net fairly cheaply but make sure you get 'ACETONE FREE' or your going to melt your covers and I mean melt!!!!

This may not work on all paint types but worked well for me and was easier than hours of sanding through the grades. Good luck!

Deeman

812 posts

68 months

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Friday 6th December 2013 quote quote all
Jumping in on this thread - have same task as V8S4ME to do with Wing mirrors, but whats the story with fibreglass body - is that better than plastic and can you use stripper on that?

AutoAndy

1,174 posts

101 months

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...abrasive papaer and elbow grease..and no I don't mean http://www.therange.co.uk/elbow-grease-all-purpose...

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TVR-Stu

473 posts

85 months

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Friday 6th December 2013 quote quote all
I've never tried it but maybe Dilunett for boats, mentions 'will not damage GRP' but I'd try a small area first! The other worry then would be how successfully can you neutralize it before painting?

Or as suggested by AutoAndy the old fashioned way with sandpapers and graft.

Edited by TVR-Stu on Friday 6th December 23:57

AutoAndy

1,174 posts

101 months

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Saturday 7th December 2013 quote quote all
...and for just a wing mirror it is not that much graft to sandpaper it...really

...anyway just waned to add something whilst you limeys slept...god bless the US of A,...but the beer is still sh@t (but don't tell then I said that).
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