Stripping the Tub, Day 1

Today I got started stripping the paint off the body. I began at the rear and worked my way forward. I got as far as applying several coats of chemical paint stripper to the rear panel and rear fenders. The stripper I used was ordinary paint stripper from Kleen Strip. I have used this on several other jobs in this restoration and it works well enough with multiple applications. It is strong, though, so I always wear thick rubber stripping gloves and eye protection. I have accidentally splashed it on my skin before and it burns immensely.

I began on the rear panel of the body. I brushed on a liberal coat of stripper moving in one direction only (not doubling back over an area), per the instructions on the can.

After applying a full coat to the rear panel I did the same on the left and right rear fenders and the top area above the trunk.

The most important thing is to allow the chemical stripper time enough to work on the paint. Here are some photos taken after ten to fifteen minutes (the instructions advise allowing a full 20 to 30 minutes). The rear and top area:

And the right fender:

And here are some taken after a full 40 minutes. The rear and top:

And the left fender:

At which time I scraped the paint shavings off using a plastic scraping tool designed for stripping paint. I started on the rear, then did the top.

And then did the fenders.

Then I applied a second coat of stripper to the rear and top.

And to the rear fenders.

After waiting 30 minutes and scraping off the paint, I applied a third coat.

After three applications I was low on paint stripper. I scraped the paint off the rear and top.

And the fenders.

Much of the paint came off, but a lot remained at the end of the day. I cleaned the areas I had applied paint stripper to very thoroughly using water, Simple Green, and scouring pads to rinse off the chemicals. Here is the rear and the top after cleaning.

And the left fender.

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