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ljohn

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Anybody,
    OK on TV you see all the car restore shows doing a complete sandblast of the body of the car, I was talking to a Pro body-shop man (36yrs in business) and stated DO NOT BLAST BODY he said to use a Aircraft paint remover sounds messy, He stated he had a bad experience with sand blasting they did a regular family bus and after the blast some of the sheet metal was wavy, thinking may be caused by the heat generated by the abrasive material and the fact they were long sheets of metal with little support...?
 
So blast or liquid remover which is it.....?

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Media blasting is not the recommended way to go with a restoration. Its great for cleaning ships, heavy equipment and can even do a good job on frames, but remember that sheet metal is thin, particularly in VW's and other more modern cars. In addition to damaging the sheet metal, media blasting also leaves a residue behind. Some medias such as walnut shells leave a real dusty problem for you to clean before you paint.

I am in the process of restoring a 74 Super beetle and I plan on using aircraft stripper on the old paint. It's not really neat but it won't damage the steel and it is thorough.
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ljohn

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Thanks,  Looks like I will only blast the heavy metal sections, rim's
axel's and may be the cargo section under the back seat area ...etc

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blue72super

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How about soda blasting? It is not as harsh as sand blasting, plus the film that soda blasting leaves is a good rust deterrant until you take it to paint.

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Rocketj

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Where do I learn about the paint remover, where to get it, special equipment, requirements, can I use it safely at home, etc.?
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fatalifeaten

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+1 for soda blasting. I know many folks who've done this on Type2's specifically to avoid head buildup causing the sheet metal on the long side to warp and wave.

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