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What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby Tundratubast » Wed May 08, 2019 8:46 am

I'm a small shop and now have a couple of KIng bones in for overhauls. What is the recommended method and materials to strip old KING lacquers.
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Re: What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby the elephant » Wed May 08, 2019 3:51 pm

A hot lye bath is what was used on King orange lacquer in shops back when we could use chemicals that were effective. The closest you can get to that AT HOME the closest you will get is using Easy-Off over cleaner, which is nasty af and needs some safety equipment. I would use a respirator (not one of those crappy little masks) and chemical gloves. An chemical apron would be great, and some sort of long lob coat-type garment. The respirator needs to have full eye protection, too, or you need excellent eye wear that can seal all the way around. Easy-Off sucks to use, period. You do NOT want to inhale even a tiny bit. Be safe. Watch YouTube videos on using it to strip stuff to get ideas for what setup you will need and what safety stuff you will want to have. Good luck!

PS - Clear lacquer is not the same stuff, and is very late to the party or was applied by someone else. It strips normally. I use "Aircraft Remover" gel stripper. I do NOT use their aerosol formula unless I am going to use the whole can in one usage in one day. It clogs permanently after about 24 hours from the first time you spray it.
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Re: What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby BuddyRogersMusic » Wed May 08, 2019 8:28 pm

FYI, Aircraft stripper has been pulled from the shelves by EPA edict and for the protection of consumers...blah, blah, blah. Not sure if business purchasers can still obtain it but retail sources have ceased selling it. Just as I find something that works pretty well.
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Re: What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby the elephant » Wed May 08, 2019 9:03 pm

Seriously? I just bought a half gallon at AutoZone recently. Must have been the last of it. Damn.
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Re: What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby Dan Schultz » Wed May 08, 2019 11:11 pm

Aircraft Stripper is still available. However... it won't touch the old King 'Eastlake Orange' lacquer. EZ-Off Oven Clean (the real stuff... NOT Dollar Store, etc. brands) does a nice job as long as the horn hasn't been exposed to soldering temperatures. Squirt it on in a well ventilated area... wait ten minutes or so... and hose it off.
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Re: What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby the elephant » Thu May 09, 2019 12:26 am

That is pretty much what I said... :mrgreen:
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Re: What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby BuddyRogersMusic » Thu May 09, 2019 8:48 am

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Re: What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby Dan Schultz » Thu May 09, 2019 10:00 pm



Looks like stores have 180 days after 3/15/2019 to deplete their stocks. I haven't had any problem buying Aircraft Stripper from my normal sources.

Keep an eye on body supply houses to see what they are selling to take off automotive finishes. If methylene chloride does indeed go away... I'm sure there will be some sort of new formulation. This stuff is just too important to the autobody industry to stay dead for long.
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Re: What to use to strip King Lacquer at home????

Postby Tundratubast » Thu May 16, 2019 4:35 am

Thanks everyone, I'm glad spring is coming to move the project outdoors.
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