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    stripped my pipes today

    I saw farthings old boat for sale on the other board and really liked the polished pipes, i had to do it!

    it took a few cans of some super potent paint stripper and a bit of light grinding but here they are...

    think i can leave them as is or should i clear coat them? mainly freshwater...
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    Hi, can you please be a little more specific on how tough this was to do? How long did it take? What stripper did you use?

    Oh yeah - they look cool!

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    I have my pipe polished and i holds up well. If is starts to look bad I just hit it with the "Power ball" and its shines right up. Also The "power ball" makes finish polishing very easy!!!! Let me know if you have anymore questions.

    Dan

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    Also to get them to really shine you need to wet sand them with 400 then 600 then 800 and polish after that and they will look like a mirror.

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    it really wasnt that hard to do, it just took some time. I used almost 3 cans of some spray on paint remover and an air driver fitted with a medium grade brush. ( paint remover shown below, click link - i got mine from a local autoparts store) I just hung the pipes and heavily coated them one by one with the remover. Wait about 20minutes and the majority of the paint started to blister up. i used another small, not too coarse, wire brush to remove all the blistered paint. on 2 of the 3 pipes i think i ended up coating certain spots 2 times. The newer the pipes are the better the paint will come off. I have 2 older pipes and 1 newer one - the newer paint came off much cleaner. From there i used the air driver with the brush to clean up the remaining paint that stuck mainly around the welds and corners. The finished product is not totally perfectly polished due to the use of the brush, but still looks waay better than the flaky paint i had before. The paint remover on the newer pipe alone almost left it almost perfect, leaving only small spots left to grind off. With the other 2 that the original paint was flaking off i had some sea salt and other buildup to remove that actually got under the remaining paint, therefor leaving less polished surface.

    http://www.bondo.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=318
    http://www.bondo.com/catalog_item.asp?itemNbr=233

    the first link is what i originally started using but the store ran out, so i finished using the second link. The first one is stronger, and very potent. If it got on my skin it immidiately started burning, bad stuff.

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    Jason,

    Our 'bout of good weather is drying up... You have a space to work indoors?

    --JM

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    Try this coating to be different. Works on plastic too!!!
    http://www.luminore.com/prod_xmetal.php

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    ya, i got a garage at my apartment. as long as its close to 40 i can work out there. They got an outlet for the garage door so i get power from there. When i wana do bigger projects i go over to my parents house, dads got a furnace in the garage. . . i was contemplating getting somekind of heat for mine, but i gotta kinda keep it low key in there cuz the apartment people arent real friendly.

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    and this is where all the magic happens!
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