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    Thanks guys. I picked the G up this morning and hope to start working on it in the not too distant future. I'm planning on starting a resto thread in the appropriate area.
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    Just want to toss out a recommendation.

    Aircraft brand remover is insanely good. I've seen it rip 3 layers of clear, 3 layers of color, and 3 layers of primer all in one go. Spread it on, let it sit, wipe it off.

    Funny side note, it is often listed as simply "Aircraft Remover". Don't get caught at the airport with it!
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    LOL. Sounds just like what I need.
    For the clearcoat.
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsBork View Post
    Just want to toss out a recommendation.

    Aircraft brand remover is insanely good. I've seen it rip 3 layers of clear, 3 layers of color, and 3 layers of primer all in one go. Spread it on, let it sit, wipe it off.

    Funny side note, it is often listed as simply "Aircraft Remover". Don't get caught at the airport with it!
    That was true in the past. It has been re-formulated. Doesn't work worth a squat anymore.

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    Wow! Thanks for the update. Thought I'd check back here before placing an order. Glad I did.
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    I've always just sanded the clear coat off. I never used any chemicals. I just use a Scotch Bright Pad. And for the corners and reseses I use a Scotch Bright "Ball or Flob" with the Dremal. The clear coat is not that thick were you'd need a stripper or any type of chemical... Also, I'm sure you're not set up for proper disposal of the chemical waste. Chemicals are bad for the environment... My .02
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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsBork View Post
    Funny side note, it is often listed as simply "Aircraft Remover". Don't get caught at the airport with it!
    Even funnier: read the label, it says "Not to be used on aircraft."
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    I considered removing it with a Scotch Bright pad but didn't want to damage the underlying finish. I agree with your comment though re: having to deal with the environmentally hazardous waste. In addition, I have enough chemicals on the shelves of my shop that I'd prefer to be without. None the less, I would like to remove the coating without damaging the finish underneath.
    Common sense has become so uncommon that I consider it a super power.


    Present Stable includes:
    '74 GT750 Resto-mod I've owned since '79
    '83 GS1100E (The best E I've ever enjoyed, Joe Nardy's former bike)
    '82 GS1100G Resto project

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldGSfan View Post
    I soak the part in hot water for a few hours if it'll come off and fit in a bucket. If not, I use paint stripper dabbed on with a small paintbrush nice and thick. There is a time factor using stripper, if you wait too long they harden back up a bit. The water method really works well, often it just needs a putty knife and scotchbrite to get what doesn't come off in chunks. That's on gaskets that were put on dry anyway, or at least without a gnarly sealant. My '66 Norton's gaskets peeled right off.
    Thanks. Soaking in hot water may be the one thing I haven't tried yet. Picking up the next project today ('83 GS650L) and it will like have a petrified valve cover gasket.
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