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Old 09-30-2013, 09:19 PM   #1
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We have been redoing the fiberglass entry doors at a condo complex over the last 3 years. A previous painter did not prepare the faux wood doors properly when he refinished them. He primed or painted over the clear, glazed, and then clear coated again. No adhesion to the original clear.

Smart strip has been lifting the majority in 1 or 2 applications in most situations plus the clean up of the little stuff left behind. Sometimes the first application of stripper just goes down to the original clear coat and then the second takes off the original stuff pretty easily.

Well, this year one door had all of the outer perimter stiles remove as normal but all of the panels have 80% left after trying three different strippers including the gel heavy duty methylene chloride stuff. Left the nasty stuff on for even overnight with no affect.

Tried flooding it with lacquer thinner today and scrubbing it off. No real luck.

So, what do I have left to try?
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When strippers wont work, i just pay them more money.....Insert drum roll
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Have you tried Acetone and scotch brite, that's my "when all else fails" approach. Also remove the door and lay it flat on a bench to allow the stripper to sit on the surfaces, don't wait too long or it will dry.
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I have them sitting in my shop on saw horses. The smart strip is a several hours to 24+ and it stays wet just fine. It actually starts lifting even sooner than 1 hour often, but I always let it go over night.

For the methylene chloride, I tried 10 minutes, instant scrubbing, and hour of sitting, over night sitting and rewetting in the morning with fresh stripper, etc.

Tried alcohol and lacquer thinner. I can try acetone next. I was also thinking MEK but thought it might be too harsh on the fiber glass or the plastic around the window.

New door is sounding better and better all the time.
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I have them sitting in my shop on saw horses. .
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I know PT is family friendly but isnt that abuse having the strippers sitting on saw horses for so long ? Get a pole setup in your shop : )
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I am surprised that Mudbone was not the first to reply to this thread.
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I am surprised that Mudbone was not the first to reply to this thread.
He was probably busy in a stripping club.
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Dean, see if you can get "Star 10" stripper. Its made here in Michigan, out by you I think in the Grand Rapids area. Works very well, has a long dwell time, but if you could work a couple doors at a time it may speed things up.
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I have them sitting in my shop on saw horses. The smart strip is a several hours to 24+ and it stays wet just fine. It actually starts lifting even sooner than 1 hour often, but I always let it go over night.

For the methylene chloride, I tried 10 minutes, instant scrubbing, and hour of sitting, over night sitting and rewetting in the morning with fresh stripper, etc.

Tried alcohol and lacquer thinner. I can try acetone next. I was also thinking MEK but thought it might be too harsh on the fiber glass or the plastic around the window.

New door is sounding better and better all the time.

Did you try covering the door in plastic over the smart strip? And then letting it sit for 24 hours? That stuff needs to be sealed in otherwise it stops working after the first layer
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