Best method for removing paint in hard to reach places?

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  1. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    I'm cleaning the engine bay of my 62 Skylark. Lots of odd hard to reach places on the fire wall and inner fender junction. I'm not interested in removing the front clip. What do you recommend? I have used angle grinders with wire wheels, and sanding disk for most areas. I do have a 8 horsepower air compressor as well.
  2. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    A scaler works well, hand held "speedblaster" is my go to 90% of the time
  3. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Harbor freight has them for cheap
  4. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

  5. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    I was thinking of both those, thanks man. The speed blaster do I need a special mask to avoid silicosis? I have a beard!
  6. TrunkMonkey

    TrunkMonkey Well-Known Member


    Oh, wait. That's for aliens and spiders... [​IMG]
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  7. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I'm the wrong person to ask ha, I sand blast and paint with no protection, dont do what I do.
    But yea a 3m n95 respirator would be a good idea
  8. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Thanks Hugger I was glad you would see this thread. You are always helpful.
  9. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    I have handled some silicosis cases. Do not tempt fate. Use a mask certified for this purpose.
  10. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    I agree Jim.
  11. BuickV8Mike

    BuickV8Mike SD Buick Fan

    Dremal with a small wire wheel only lasts a minute but worth it.;)
  12. wkillgs

    wkillgs Gold Level Contributor

    Silicosis is only a potential hazard if you use sand for blasting. There is other media you can use such as glass beads, aluminum oxide, 'black beauty' coal slag, etc. Crushed glass is another enonomical choice.
    I do a lot of sand blasting on my projects with sand. I do wear a supplied air respirator when I do so.
    The EPA is really cracking down on the use of sand for blasting. I actually had a hard time buying sand for blasting, several local suppliers are either out of have limited stock left. Sandblasting businesses are feeling the hit too.
    Fortunately, I do have a local supplier which offers an economical alternative to sand, called Jet-blast. It's a synthetic Olivine material (a mineral). About $9 for a 55 lb bag, it's only 2-$3 more than sand. I'll be trying this when my present sand supply runs out.
    Here's the supplier here in eastern Pa:

    If the paint in your engine compartment is in decent condition, you can just degrease and scuff it up with scotch brite. Minor surface rust can be treated with phosphoric acid. I prefer nice clean, blasted, virgin metal before painting on my projects, but sometimes the scotch brite/phosphoric acid treatment will suffice.
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  13. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Thank you Walt.
    I could just paint the hard to reach areas but for some reason I seem to be a bare metal guy. OCD is a bitch
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  14. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    I used the speed blaster this weekend. Nice to use an economical tool that does its job. Thanks
  15. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    Yea they work pretty well, I've got 3 of them, first two didn't last no time, 3rd one has been fine, probably picked up some moisture or something
  16. dr

    dr Well-Known Member

    Using black diamond coal slag.
  17. 12lives

    12lives Engage! - Jean-Luc Picard

    hugger - what media do you use?
  18. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    I usually use, BX30 it's a fine triple filtered sand, its getting harder to get tho, the black diamond would clog my blaster up

    STAGE III Lost Experimental Block

    I typically use a lawn chair,youngest offspring with a paint scrapper and a box of Pop Tarts
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  20. Houndogforever

    Houndogforever Silver Level contributor

    I went at mine with a putty knife first to scrape away the gunk. Then stiff wire brush with purple power and scrubbed everything down really well. Then scuffed down with red scotch brite, reclean, wipe, prep all and paint. No, it wasn't a 100% perfect surface, but I have to think I got it pretty freakin clean.

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