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remove paint?

Postby Gavin Longrain » July 26th, 2013, 5:32 am

Here is an old pit saw. I want to remove paint off it. How?
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Re: remove paint?

Postby Jim_Thode » July 26th, 2013, 7:53 am

I've had good luck removing paint with the same electrolysis set up as rust removal.
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Re: remove paint?

Postby trolleypup » August 21st, 2013, 7:22 pm

Jim_Thode wrote:I've had good luck removing paint with the same electrolysis set up as rust removal.
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If the metal is clean under the paint, regular paint remover works great. If rusty or pitted, less well. Terrifically satisfying to run a plastic scraper down the length of a saw to see that under the extremely ugly "primitive" scene is a beautiful NOS saw.
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Re: remove paint?

Postby Treeline » March 3rd, 2014, 9:30 am

Gavin, how did the electrolysis work on the paint?

I picked up a pile of painted saws recently and was wondering if building a tank to clean them is the way to go.
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Re: remove paint?

Postby Gavin Longrain » March 3rd, 2014, 2:31 pm

Treeline wrote:Gavin, how did the electrolysis work on the paint?

I picked up a pile of painted saws recently and was wondering if building a tank to clean them is the way to go.

Am ashamed to admit I have left the paint on it. I have v little need for rip-sawing ( and I lack a sawpit or the big trestles needed anyway) , so this project will wait whilst I improve my cross-cut techniques.
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Re: remove paint?

Postby T Rumley » March 4th, 2014, 3:43 am

Hello everyone,
Very new member here so bear with me in my learning curve. To remove paint and crud on my cast iron pans I soak them in 100% lye to loosen every thing up, rinse and into the electrolysis tank. Since the saws are steel would the lye harm them?
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Re: remove paint?

Postby Treeline » March 4th, 2014, 4:08 pm

Hoping to avoid using any harsh chemicals to get the paint off. I was reading that sometimes electrolysis by itself is enough to loosen the paint, so I guess I'll give it a try and see how it goes. I'll post up results to the experiment. :geek:
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Re: remove paint?

Postby trailcrew » March 4th, 2014, 7:20 pm

Electrolysis will remove paint. I've done a few painters that way and after the dip the snowy cabin scenes scrape right off.
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Re: remove paint?

Postby Crosscut Sawyer » March 23rd, 2014, 8:30 pm

I used "Klean Strip Aircraft Paint Remover" on a painter and got awesome results. If I remember correctly i applied with a brush, waited about 30 minutes, and scraped off the paint with a plastic scraper, then repeated on the other side. You'll want lots of paper towels and do it outside if you can, or in a well ventilated area. I haven't had the best electrolysis results, and I try to avoid that method if the saw isn't rusty, since good saw metal beneath some paint is as good as it gets. I bought a 7' 503 that looks like it was bought at the hardware store 60 years ago and painted the next day.
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Re: remove paint?

Postby trolleypup » June 12th, 2014, 9:00 pm

I would be more worried about running electricity through a saw than slapping on some organic solvents which are unlikely to have any effect on steel.

I just use hardware store paint remover on painters with good results. Works beautifully on clean unrusted saws, rustier/tarnished saws go directly to pumice stone cleaning once the remover is rinsed off.
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