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How to get Devcon 2 part Epox/MCU's off?

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I have been painting crankbaits and clear coating them with devcon 2 part epoxy and some with Garco/DNS81 MCU's. I have a couple of cranks where the finish didn't turn out so well. My question is, how do I remove this finish so that I can re-paint the bait? Any tricks? Or should I just rough it up, prime, paint, and seal again? The devcon seems like it will be especially difficult to remove as it seems to form an egg shell type coating around the bait., whereas the MCU's seem to almost soak into the paint.

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I've soaked some of my wooden baits in paint stripper that worked great..took it right down to the wood..now if your painting plastic...You may want to rough up and repaint.. the stripper may melt them...Nathan

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I can often peel epoxy topcoats off lures with a strong thin blade.  If you can get the blade started into the acrylic latex paint layer and pry the epoxy at that point,  it will usually begin to come off in sheets.  Heating the epoxy somewhat will help.  It only works on smooth surfaced lures, not ones that have texture like scales molded into the plastic.  I use a small Swiss Army knife to do this.  An Xacto knife blade is too brittle and may snap, which is dangerous.  Of course, if buoyancy is not a concern it would be easier to simply sand the existing epoxy lightly and begin applying a new finish.

MCU is thinner and usually penetrates the paint layer, so I would just sand and repainted it.

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I've heard talk on here about baking soda sand blaster setup ,been wanting to try it myself but haven't had the extra money to get the blaster ,I know sanding by hand sucks , plus it removes any molded scales on plastic blanks

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That's easy... Just let me fish with them for about an hour. I have an extreme un-natural talent for removing paint jobs.

On a serious note, I have a Harbor Freight airbrush style sand blaster. It was pretty cheap so it might be worth a shot with the soda. Solvents do wacky things to plastic baits.

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If you used water base paint under the Devcon on a plastic bait put it in a container with denatured alcohol but, keep the bill out of it. A couple hours later the paint will fall off.

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