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    Re: Sextant on ebay
    From: cc thomas
    Date: 2006 Sep 6, 20:37 -0500

    Thanks for all your time Bill.

    The sextant is a Russian SNO-M painted olive drab. The sextant's fine and
    I don't want to harm it but the color is putrid.


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Bill" <billyrem42@earthlink.net>
    To: <NavList@fer3.com>
    Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 9:23 PM
    Subject: [NavList 1195] Re: Sextant on ebay

    > > Would the orange citrus concoction remove the paint from the
    > > 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
    > (failing Canadian clearcoat paint job where the paint did not adhere to
    > 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
    > 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,
    > 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
    > 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,
    > 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.
    > the front of the optics and fender skirts to cover the frame might be nice
    > custom touches too. <g>
    > Bill
    > >

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