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Restoring steering wheel (57)

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Does anyone have a good idea ias to how to strip the paint from the steering wheel without damaging the base material. Most strippers state not to use on plastic, vinyl, etc. I want to paint it again but I need to get off all the old paint.
 

Tom Bryant

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Here's the answer I posted to John's question on NCRS

Hi John,

I have been thinking about this all day since I got your email this morning. Then it hit me. As a young car builder of the 1/24 scale size I used to remove paint from plactic model cars with acetone. Didn't harm the plastic at all like thinner would. Try a small spot on the rear, out of sight, to test it.


Later,
Tom
 
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I just got a response on the NCRS board that acetone softens some plastics and resins and to be very careful using acetone!
 

Tom Bryant

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John,

As with any chemical, testing on a small inconspicuous spot is a must. Too bad you don't know someone with a junk steering wheel to test on. It wouldn't have to be Corvette just GM of the same time period. I'm sure they used the same materials.

Tom
 

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