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Getting paint off cases

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Post by hplhd » Wed May 02, 2007 1:34 pm

i pulled the motor out of my bike for a little cleaning up and paint. the previous owner painted the cases flat black. the motor is all together except carb and gennie so no bead blasting. how do you guys go about tackling such a project. thanks in advance



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Re: Getting paint off cases

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Post by mbskeam » Wed May 02, 2007 7:54 pm

I have used Jasco paint stripper, used a small brush in the tight areas, and a bigger brush on the open places to apply stripper.
but I did this in the bike, put plastic on the frame and areas I did not want to kill the paint on,
then used a ST.ST wire brush to strip the goop off, it worked real well, and on the tight spots I used a die grinder with a ST ST wire brush attachment.
since your engine is out it will make clean up much easier.

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as a note: don't put clear coat on your cases, it wont look good in a few years...... Wink

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Re: Getting paint off cases

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Post by hplhd » Thu May 03, 2007 11:21 am

mike, where did you pick up the jasco(bet you thought i was gonna say stripper) and with out sounding stupid, what is a st wheel.
by the way the engine is sitting on one of your stands. fucking thing works great for a lot less money than anywhere else i looked.

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Post by mbskeam » Thu May 03, 2007 8:16 pm

well...... the Jasco is just a name brand that most of the hardware stores sell in the NW. you just have to take a trip to the hardware store and see whats in your local area, I looked for one that you could neutralize with water.
and ST. ST.= stainless steel
a welding supply place would have these, they are used to clean up the discoloration on finish side of ST.ST. parts after welding.
if you cant find stainless, steel brushes should be okay, just posting what I used
glad the stand is working for you....

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Re: Getting paint off cases

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Post by Red55FL » Fri May 04, 2007 5:54 pm

Guys
I have never stripped paint off or buffed of aluminum engine cases, but have stripped paint & buffed a lot of other aluminum parts.
Don't use carbon steel wire brushes on either aluminum or stainless parts because it will leave carbon steel impregnated on the surface. The part will look great at first, but will start to show rust on the surface. Use fine stainless steel wire brushes as the coarse ones could grove the softer aluminum. Even with the fine wire wheel, be careful as they can score the aluminum.
For irregular shaped parts, I use a emery flapper wheel with a die grinder. I cut the flapper wheel into thin strips so that it will get into the valleys of the part. These are a lot easier on aluminum and leave a satin finish.
I posted some pictures of some flapper wheels that I use over in the miscellaneous pictures section of the gallery. These are 4" x 1-1/2", 80 grit, but many other sizes and grits are readily available. A finer grit would be better to finish with.

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Re: Getting paint off cases

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Post by Cotten » Sat May 05, 2007 3:56 am

I shelved most of my wire brushes in favor of abrasive-impregnated nylon brushes, marketed under names like 'Adalox" and 'Nylox'.
They do not burnish, tear, or impregnate the surface. They last indefinitely, and they are much cleaner and safer to use.
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Post by Red55FL » Sat May 05, 2007 4:34 pm

Cotten is right about the abrasive nylon wheels, they are a better way to go than wire wheels. Never have used them on aluminum, but have used them on steel & stainless. Last a long, long time & they polish the hell out of stainless.

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Re: Getting paint off cases

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Post by mbskeam » Sat May 05, 2007 9:36 pm

well,
I did not put this above, but a "hand wire brush", small like a tooth brush. this will get 98% of the goop that is being striped off and then a small wire cone die set up for the small tight places, like around the oil pump and lifter blocks....etc.
tape off around the cyl bases with duct tape and any other parts you don't want striped
this stuff should come off real easy....

DON'T FORGET YOUR EYE PROTECTION WITH THIS STUFF....
even when doing the hand brush thing.

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Re: Getting paint off cases

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Post by Guest » Sat May 05, 2007 11:15 pm

Hey Mbskeam...
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Re: Getting paint off cases

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Post by fourthgear » Sun May 06, 2007 5:05 pm

And don't forget hand protection, be safe.

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Re: Getting paint off cases

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Post by hplhd » Mon May 07, 2007 7:09 pm

just wanted to thank everyone for the responses. i am trying two diff strippers on my tins ,then will see about the cases.

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