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Old 07-12-2009, 12:56 PM   #1
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I have a HVLP gun I use a lot and it's made out of mostly aluminum. What have you all found works best at cleaning water based paint off? My gun is getting more and more tarnished looking. Is there something that keeps aluminium bright looking without doing damage to the gun?
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:01 PM   #2
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I have a HVLP gun I use a lot and it's made out of mostly aluminum. What have you all found works best at cleaning water based paint off? My gun is getting more and more tarnished looking. Is there something that keeps aluminium bright looking without doing damage to the gun?
I've never had a problem cleaning (just the metal) with a paint stripper and a toothbrush. I'd at least use something like goof-off. I like my guns clean.
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I can get the paint off good, it's mostly the gun is getting more and more tarnished looking.
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I can get the paint off good, it's mostly the gun is getting more and more tarnished looking.
So your're looking to polish that baby and make it shine, huh? That's hardcore . . . How about steel wool and some 3m rubbing compound? Or maybe you could wet-sand that son of a gun (pun intended) with 1500 grit? You should post pics of it when you're done. I may be jelous and want to do my own.
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Your most likely right, I really don't like dull looking tools. I have another one just like it that I haven't used but a couple of times that still looks shinny and new. So I was kind of looking at it today, and it got me thinking.I also think the tarnished metal tends to be harder to clean paint off of too.
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mothers aluminum polish, same stuff for car wheels.. it will most likely be easier to get paint off as well because of the waxes in the polish.
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mothers aluminum polish, same stuff for car wheels.. it will most likely be easier to get paint off as well because of the waxes in the polish.
that sounds like a good Idea.
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