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 Post subject: Cleaning aged protective plastic from instrument panels
PostPosted: Apr Sun 16, 2017 8:44 pm 
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I needed to clean up my VTVM. The big problem was the old protective plastic has never been removed. I tried a heat gun, glue remover and a few other tricks. Nothing was working until I tried paint stripper. It worked to remove the plastic and did not harm the panel lettering. I could have done it without disassembly, but I wanted to a good job and get under the hardware. In hindsight, I think it was likely easier and faster this way. The entire process including disassembly took about an hour.

Here are before, during and after shots. Sorry about the order.

Ed

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning aged protective plastic from instrument panels
PostPosted: Apr Tue 18, 2017 2:24 pm 
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Nice Job! Which paint remover did you use?

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning aged protective plastic from instrument panels
PostPosted: Apr Thu 20, 2017 5:16 pm 
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Eddy wrote:
Nice Job! Which paint remover did you use?


I used Stripeze, but I am confident that Kutzit would have worked the same. I buy whichever one is cheapest.

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning aged protective plastic from instrument panels
PostPosted: Apr Thu 20, 2017 6:03 pm 
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Naptha plus a soak overnight worked for my old 147A. Flakes were all loose or barely sticking, but the Naptha evaporated to about 40% of it's original volume. I've gotta try your method next time.....

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 Post subject: Re: Cleaning aged protective plastic from instrument panels
PostPosted: Apr Fri 21, 2017 12:46 am 
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I was really paranoid about the panel lettering, so did it in segments and watched it closely. There was not even a hint that it might damage the letters, but I didn't leave it long enough to find out.

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