Removing Poly from a painted surface???

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Forum topic by JetJock posted 05-21-2008 07:00 PM 922 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2008 07:00 PM

Hello everyone,

Recently, I was lucky enough to pick up a Delta sanding unit (9” disk w/6” wide belt). The guy gave me the sanding machine because he wanted to make room in his shop for his new Harley (win win situation). The only problem with the machine is that it has a fine coating of Poly on the entire machine. This guy did a fair amount of spraying his finished pieces, and unfortunately, the overspray found its way to the sanding machine.

I’d like to remove all the Poly without damaging the painted surface. I’m not sure if this is possible, but I thought I would post to see if anyone has had any experience in doing this.

Thanks for the help.

-- Todd C, Central Illinois

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#1 posted 05-21-2008 09:07 PM

I think that you would probably have better luck just completing the job and put a nice coat of poly on the entire surface. Don’t know how you would get it off without messing up the paint.

Also you didn’t mention if it were oil or water based poly.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-22-2008 12:42 AM

I don’t know of any way to remove the poly without damaging the paint. Poly is a reactive finish. Once it cures you really need to sand or scrape it off to remove it.

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