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    Re: Sextant on ebay
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2006 Sep 6, 20:25 -0500

    > Would the orange citrus concoction remove the paint from the aforementioned
    > sextant ?
    > I saw it at HD too but didn't think it a 'serious' paint remover but I'm
    > listening.
    > Thanks,
    > Courtney

    I don't know what the finish is, so I can't say. I cannot recall what your
    sextant is, or approximate date of manufacture. Perhaps baked enamel?  Any
    help out there? 

    The Citrus is more mild than the really nasty stuff and does not contain
    Methylene Chloride, but I have stripped a GM car down to bare metal with it
    (failing Canadian clearcoat paint job where the paint did not adhere to the
    primer so I had to start at step #1 to repaint the beast).  Used the spray
    cans of stuff as it was easier to get on light coats so it did not sag and
    run like the brush on strippers.

    If the nasty stuff (removes poly, or heavy duty that removes aircraft paint
    epoxy etc.) does not list ingredients, look for a warning about using with
    heart ailments.  That will tell you it has Methylene Chloride in the mix, so
    very aggressive.

    I would read the labels very closely to see if they warn against using
    on/near aluminum etc. for obvious reasons, and check out web sites if you
    have any suspicions.

    Personally I would try a test with a few drops of lacquer thinner.  If the
    paint starts to bubble or lift within 15 minutes, and given the size of the
    job, I would try the Citrus stuff first and don't rush it. Wrap it in
    aluminum foil to keep it from drying out.

    Heck, you might be able to soak the entire unit sans optics in a pan of
    lacquer overnight and get the job done.  Flush several times in thinner, and
    lube the heck out of it.

    Unless you are in love with the Delorean look take it to your local paint
    shop, have them strip it and paint flames on it then pinstripe.  "Frenching"
    the front of the optics and fender skirts to cover the frame might be nice
    custom touches too. <g>

    Bill


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