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Powder Paint remover??

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I have some lead heads that have been powder painted. I need to remove the paint. Has anyone tried this with any sucess?

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Hey David,

I've never tried it and really had no reason to do it, until now.

I read the question and said "self, there must be a way" (I'm old enough to talk to myself and get away with it) There is, and I got it for you.

I have some of my lead bodies painted with powder paint, I took one and held the hook, and with a lighter I heated the paint and it comes right off with a knife blade. I held the hook so you know it didn't have to be real hot, just enough to heat it up a little. There ya go, Mystery solved. :)

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If the paint has been cured corectly it should not come off. Additional heat will just cure it more, unless you heat it to the point where it actually burns/scorches (yes, it is possible). If not well cured you may bea able to crack it off by striking with a hammer, etc.

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Hello the other David,

Maybe I cured mine wrong. I hang it in the oven with tin foil under it in case it drips. I leave it in there for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. It gets hard as a nail and wont chip, but when I burned it with a lighter, it came right off. What do you think?

I guess it's something a person has to try for himself. If it comes off or not, I like working with the paint. Really gives a lead body a nice looking finish.

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Same thing with some of mine here DS, I heated it with a hand torch and the powder paint came off easily, but left residue, JIM

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Hey Guys,

not sure how it will ultimately affect the lead, but your run of the mill paint stripper will remove epoxy, which (in my understanding) thats what powder paint is.

Paint stripper is nasty nasty stuff, so take all precations if you try it.

We use it at work on catalysed finishes & makes short work of stripping just about anything, including my epoxied floor coat (when spilled) & flesh 8O

Jerry :)

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I normally cure brown PP at 350 for a couple of hours, green pumpkin (a blend of brown and chartreuse) about the same, black a couple of hours at no more than 250. White/chart/silver/pearl about 300-325 for same times. Black comes off the heads somewhat easily, but that seems to be color specific (lots of issues with black). Have not been able to heat the other colors off...have tried to do it when cleaning eyes and can't.

??? Who knows.

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White is my particular problem child, can't seem to ever get better than 90% or so with that color no matter what brand I use, JIM

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Laquer thinner works great :D

The paint just lifted off of the jigs.

Thanks for the suggestions.

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As stated earlier, paint remover works great. I keep a closed jar handy and just drop my botched jig jobs in the jar. Later I remove them and clean up.

Capt Mike

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