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Removing paint from the metal?

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by lxarth, Dec 12, 2012.

  1. lxarth

    lxarth Vancouver New Member

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    I just bought an SKS (my first) from a member here. A neat little para model, but the thing looks like hell.

    Someone had decided to paint (I'm assuming spray paint) the ENTIRE rifle. When I took it all apart I could see that they took it apart and painted everything. It's now some OD green color. Though the guy I bought it from scrapped off the paint from the stock, it still needs a lot of attention as well.

    So my question is how can I remove all the paint from the rifle safely? I obviously don't want to ruin anything, and while I will probably get a new stock, that's more for the future. I'd like to clean this up and get it looking great, and cleanup the stock well enough to re-stain it.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. sneakboxer

    sneakboxer NW OR Active Member

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    MEK (methyl Ethel ketone) will strip most paints very quickly off metallic surfaces. Chemical gasket remover works on wood to strip varnish and paint. These chemicals are pretty aggressive and you should review the instructions and be mindful of the safety requirements. These strippers will also remove ALL oil and cause rust is left uncoated for long periods of time in damn locations.
     
  3. the4thshake

    the4thshake Portland Active Member

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    Spray paint will come off with brake cleaner.
     
  4. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Go get some "Homer Formby's Furniture Refinisher. It will remove old paint and varnish and leave behind the oils in the wood.

    Formby's Products: Formby's® Furniture Refinisher

    Most all furniture refinishing products except paint stripper will do a good job. Stay away from harsh solvents as they really do a job on the wood.
     
  5. lxarth

    lxarth Vancouver New Member

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    Awesome, thanks everyone! I'm going to start working on it today. I'll take some pictures and post some results (when I get results). If I basically bathe all the parts in some solvents, am I going to hurt anything? I don't want to walk away while it soaks only to come back to corroded metal :p
     
  6. deadshot2

    deadshot2 NW Quadrant WA State Well-Known Member

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    Unless your "solvent" is an acid or something like Lye, no worries. Acetone, toluene, toluol, MEK, etc are all pretty neutral as far as metal parts. For all the small pieces it would be great if you had access to an ultrasonic cleaner. For long parts that are hard to immerse like a barrel, wrap in a piece of cloth and keep wet with whatever solvent you choose. It will hold the solvent against the paint and goo longer than just pouring or painting. Once softened then you can scrub the residue off, usually with a stiff bristled paint brush that you've cut the bristles to about half their length. The cheaper brushes are great for this as long as they don't have synthetic bristles. Also, brass brush that looks like something the character called "Jaws" in the James Bond movies might use as a toothbrush works great. I found a couple at Harbor Freight once.