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 Post subject: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:00 pm 

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Unfortunately the newly restored #6601 was vandalized this past weekend with graffiti :(

What are the best methods to get this off?

Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:18 pm 

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I'm sorry to see that happen to your car.

I recently used paint thinner for a snowplow, which managed to remove just the spray paint but not the underlying coat. Nail polish remover can work as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:31 pm 

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1) your "big box" hardware stores will stock a large variety of "graffiti removal" products, from aerosol spray to pump spray to pretreated rags.

2) most paint stores also sell products designed for this purpose, and their staff should be better than the big-box-store staff as to recommending what to use on stainless.

3) cheap and deadly (to both the graffiti and the user): acetone by the canful.

4) Read this thread for more useful info:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=42300

5) get to it ASAP. The longer it sits, the harder it'll be to remove and the more it encourages more of the same.


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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:49 pm 

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Location: Niles Canyon Railway, near Sunol, CA
Here is our experience:
- Try several different brands of graffiti removal products. Which one is best depends on which paints were sprayed on the car.
- Start early in the morning, while the car is still cool. This lets the graffiti remover soak in as long as possible before drying out.
- After the graffiti remover has had time to soften the paint, scrub with a non-abrasive pad (the sort you would use on good dishes).
- Wear chemical splash-resistant goggles and appropriate gloves.
- Paint remover usually contains methylene chloride. https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/methylenechloride/ It attacks eye tissue (causing permanent damage) much faster than it attacks paint. Wear goggles designed to protect against chemical splashes (they're different than ordinary goggles). If you don't have an eyewash, fill a 5-gallon bucket with clean water so you can dunk your head in it if you get splashed with paint remover.


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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:02 pm 

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Presently working on a car with graffiti and we are using brush cleaner. Stubborn spots we use a scotchpad.


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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:34 pm 

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Call Frank Perez in Anchorage, Alaska.

http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=32533&p=259996&hilit=Alaska+Railroad+556&sid=7ed9813237a0410e3bd86ed2838697b1&sid=7ed9813237a0410e3bd86ed2838697b1#p259996

Kidding aside, the stainless should be OK with what has been previously discussed - just do not use anything that will mar the surface either chemically by etching it or mechanically by scratching it up. From the pic it appears that parts of the windows and window sealing got tagged. These areas likely will require more caution as most gasketing/sealing materials will be attacked by the solvents listed. Know what materials your glazing and window sealing are and talk to someone who knows the removers to find a product that will not harm them. As previously mentioned, the sooner you get on this the better.


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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 3:46 pm 

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Easy off.

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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:08 pm 

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Hit it with a steam cleaner. everything that blasts off doesn't need chemicals.....


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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:20 am 

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Ran to a local hardware store and they had Goof Off Graffiti remover and it works wonders!

Thank you everyone for your suggestions!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:29 am 

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If you get to it fast use a lot of WD-40 and elbow grease.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:33 pm 

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OT question: does the car still have the red and purple Amtrak interior?

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 Post subject: Re: Spray Paint Removal?
PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:41 pm 

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davew833 wrote:
OT question: does the car still have the red and purple Amtrak interior?

Here you go:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=42013&p=276790&sid=ab69e432119e69e5579f0cb795ec42be#p276790


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:15 pm 

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Please, give us some warning. I nearly lost my eyesight.

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