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Old 12-03-2006, 12:06 PM
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Default Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

Hi, I am refurbishing a Fiberglass F18 Hornet and need to know
the best method for removing old paint without damaging the jet.
Would appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance.dag46
Old 12-03-2006, 01:25 PM
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Fiberglass stripper...check your local auto paint supply. Be sure and seal off anywhere you don't want the stripper to go.
Old 12-03-2006, 04:08 PM
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Default RE: Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

Thanks,Do you know if there's a certain brand of paint that's best for jets?
Old 12-05-2006, 03:10 AM
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just make sure the stripper you use is fibreglass safe.
otherwise sanding is your second option.
You should also try a few marine stores.

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Old 12-05-2006, 07:24 AM
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Default RE: Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

I use Citristrip, avail at Wally World, Ace, etc. None of the strippers available on the open market will truley say fiberglass safe. I have used it more than once without damage to fiberglass.
Old 12-05-2006, 09:45 AM
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Default RE: Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

Kleanstrip has a product called "Fiberglass Paint Remover" in a blue can. It's available at automotive paint and supply stores. This stuff will not attack the fiberglass if you apply/remove it as per the directions. I stripped a Balsa Bandit this past summer using this product with no problems. Just make sure to wash the stripper off really good with water/soap.
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Default RE: Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

Have you tried sanding it yet?

Some paints sand off pretty easy...
and makes chancing damaging the fiberglass not worth the risk.
Old 12-06-2006, 08:14 PM
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Test stripper on a small area (control surface) first.That way if you have any problems you will have a smaller mess.
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i'm doing a bobcat now and used-kleen strip (peeler) in a spray can and it only takes the clear and base coats, does not touch primer. spray on ,wait 5min scrap off w/plastic scraper. paint was ppg -used 4 cans to do a b/cat. avail at most autobody supply shops
Old 12-12-2006, 10:32 PM
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Default RE: Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

Hello,

I am trying to remove some paint on a Byron F16. I bought today "the premium sprayable stripper" from Kleanstrip. Can I use it on my byron or is it going to create problems with the fiberglass?

Thanks,

Le fou
Old 12-13-2006, 12:17 AM
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Default RE: Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

You have to be careful with general paint strippers sold from Home Depot, etc. Some of them state on the label not to apply to fiberglass. I tried regular Kleanstrip on the bottom of a wing and it lifted the fiberglass/resin when I was taking it off.
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Default RE: Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

Thank you for your reply. I think that I have the wrong product. I am going to return it and try to find the one specific for fiberglass.

Thanks,

Le fou
Old 12-13-2006, 12:28 PM
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Default RE: Need Info on Repainting Fiberglass Jet

Be very careful with fiberglass paint strippers. Most are designed not to attack POLYESTER laid up glass, using them on EPOXY laid up glass may make goo out of your F18. If it were me I would just sand it. The jet isn't that large and the amount of paint that should be on it should come off quite easily.

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Old 12-13-2006, 05:59 PM
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Hello Dan,

I thought that the F16 from Byron was made of fiberglass and polyester resin? I do not believe that they use epoxy resin on this airplane.

Thanks,

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