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Thread: The Road to 88mph (Total rebuild of #1537)

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    I'm glad to see that you are bringing a Delorean back to life. I hate to see one rotting in a field somewhere.
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    The Paint

    04DEC19 to 15JAN20

    Got the paint (and a ton of body-fill) off 1537's stainlesspanels! I used Rust-oleum aircraft remover to break down most of the paint, and scraped it off using plastic razor blades.

    All that body-fill though... would not come off, and on top of that the stainless was covered in millions of scratches, some of them significantly deep.

    So I took a very risky and unorthodox approach.
    Busting out my palm sander loaded with 220 grit, I slowly and carefully sanded off the body fill (some places caked on over 1/2 an inch). Using worn out sand paper discs, I also sanded down the steel and smoothed out the scratches.

    Before you string me up, just know that this was a desperate measure. A ton of the scratches were severe.

    The end result left a smooth but "wavy" pattern in the stainless, which I got rid of with a bit of brushing using a 3M blending pad.20191204_082141.jpg20200115_191918.jpg20200105_114426.jpg20200103_161203.jpg20191212_231915.jpg20191211_193004.jpg20191209_200056.jpg20191207_191015.jpg20191207_175453.jpg20191206_120109.jpg20200115_191940.jpg
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    Brent V.

    1981 DMC-12 #01537
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    Quote Originally Posted by Team#1537 View Post
    04DEC19 to 15JAN20

    Got the paint (and a ton of body-fill) off 1537's stainlesspanels! I used Rust-oleum aircraft remover to break down most of the paint, and scraped it off using plastic razor blades.

    All that body-fill though... would not come off, and on top of that the stainless was covered in millions of scratches, some of them significantly deep.

    So I took a very risky and unorthodox approach.
    Busting out my palm sander loaded with 220 grit, I slowly and carefully sanded off the body fill (some places caked on over 1/2 an inch). Using worn out sand paper discs, I also sanded down the steel and smoothed out the scratches.

    Before you string me up, just know that this was a desperate measure. A ton of the scratches were severe.

    The end result left a smooth but "wavy" pattern in the stainless, which I got rid of with a bit of brushing using a 3M blending pad.
    I don't think you should get much pushback. I've actually heard this be done quite a bit in the past. Sometimes an orbital sander is the only answer. Once you get it smooth enough, you can go back with something like 60grit, either with a sanding block, flap wheel, or dynabrade wheel, and add the grain back in yourself. It's not going to be a fun or easy road for you, but it's certainly possible .

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