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1961 Volvo PV544 in Holland

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Old Jul 20th, 2018, 12:58   #321
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Bit of an update:

I've been trying to find a dip and strip place that will get rid of all of the filler and paint on the body panels for me. In the UK this wouldn't be too difficult to find (well twenty years ago it wasn't) but here in Holland I've been struggling.

I've only found four places in the country that do this type of work. One is booked up until September and the other one that has responded wants more than a grand...

...looks like DIY is the only option as usual (!)
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Old Jul 20th, 2018, 13:40   #322
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You've just got to keep on trudging on. Sounds like you're at the point where you don't want to see it any more. It enters your dreams. Been there with bare metalling my Bristol. That was coated with some sort of military grade primer that no chemical would touch. Thought I was going to lose my mind grinding that all back. Got there in the end though. Go do something else on the car when the thought of paint stripping makes you want to scream. You'll get there.
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You've just got to keep on trudging on. Sounds like you're at the point where you don't want to see it any more. It enters your dreams. Been there with bare metalling my Bristol. That was coated with some sort of military grade primer that no chemical would touch. Thought I was going to lose my mind grinding that all back. Got there in the end though. Go do something else on the car when the thought of paint stripping makes you want to scream. You'll get there.
I'm not quite at the point where I want to stop - usually when that happens I start thinking about the next project (!) and I'm not there just yet.

The costs of the super expensive paint stripper and all of the other stuff is mounting up more alarmingly than the time involved scraping which is also making me think this "quick project" is getting even more out of hand than was ever planned.

When you see piles like this =>





(And) you are vaguely aware of the cost of the consumables so far you start to think about easier ways. I'd be happy to part with 300 or 400 euros for a pain free solution as that's getting to be about double the price spent on removing upper body paint consumables so far - so paying someone twice what it would cost you do to it yourself isn't such a bad ratio / multiplier. Unfortunately Dutch labour prices seem to be striking again - they seem to work on multipliers of four times or more of what it would cost you to DIY. That's why I usually go for the time rich DIY solution (in other words I'm paying for them to sit around and drink coffee all day!)
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Old Jul 20th, 2018, 17:04   #324
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Is Soda Blasting an option?
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Is Soda Blasting an option?
It might be (guessing not) but it is a rather expensive solution as soda only gets used once (not a reusable medium). I'd expect the quotes to be frightening.

I have a large sand blasting cabinet where I could easily get a wing in: Normally I use speedblast which is quite a light medium (but not as light as soda). Speedblast is good in so much that it tends not to cause warping of panels but I can't see it making any effect what so ever on this paint work - the filler is too thick.

When sand blasting, a hard surface is easier - softer surfaces are more resistant - local surface elasticity absorbs the impact of the sand. To counteract this you need to use larger (heavier) medium and potentially higher pressures to see speedier effects - this is pretty dangerous on thin sheet metal - you'll end up with warped crumpled muck if you're not careful...
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PS - has anyone here ever used Metstrip before?
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