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Painted over original cabinet paint

By popperette

69 days ago


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    #1 69 days ago

    Just picked up a Cow Poke that’s been sitting in a basement for forty plus years. The machine looks nice but the previous owner painted over the original cabinet. I’m not sure if it was latex or oil. My question is has anyone had any luck removing paint without destroying the original cabinet artwork? If so, what did you use?

    I would guess that I would have to strip the cabinet down, buy stencils, and repaint it.

    #2 69 days ago

    This works , but test in a small area first.

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    #3 69 days ago

    You can buy a latex paint tester at any home improvement store for $10-15. Citristrip and other products will remove the latex paint and shouldn’t harm the original paint.

    #4 69 days ago

    Thanks for the advice. All strippers today are pretty weak since Dichloromethane or Methylene chloride (same chemical) have been banned from strippers.

    #5 69 days ago

    Oh man, talk about a wrong way to do things. I'm sorry to hear that. Good luck with your project.

    #6 69 days ago

    I've had luck with Citristrip gel, brush on small sections at a time, leave for 5-10 minutes, remove with a plastic scraper.
    I'm guessing they were tired of looking at the bright fish

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    #7 69 days ago

    Test first. Use some 90+% rubbing alcohol with a swap. If it removes the finish, it's latex. If not, oil based.

    #8 68 days ago

    That is a wild looking fish. It looks like it was repainted. If not, that stripper did a fantastic job.

    Tomdrum, thanks for the tip. I have 91% alcohol at home. What kind of paint did the manufactures use?

    #9 68 days ago

    Factory used oil based paint with lead. Never sand without a mask.

    #10 68 days ago

    I don't have any good before pictures but I stripped this cabinet with Easy Off oven clean and a lot of elbow grease. Prior to that I tried I think it was citristrip but it melted the paint underneath in a test spot.
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    #11 68 days ago
    Quoted from 20eyes:

    I don't have any good before pictures but I stripped this cabinet with Easy Off oven clean and a lot of elbow grease. Prior to that I tried I think it was citristrip but it melted the paint underneath in a test spot.
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    You need to come over and do our Scorpion!
    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinball-horror-pics/page/82#post-6969105

    #12 67 days ago

    I used Easy Off on my popcorn machines stainless steel parts. Not good for aluminum. I think the original Easy Off is sodium hydroxide. I think it was the yellow can. I know the blue can does nothing.

    Interesting to use on a pinball. Turned out great.

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