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Aircraft Paint Remover too harsh for wood?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Diesel Kilgore, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. The stuff works great, however i've never used it on wood before, only metal.

    Would this be too harsh for wood? Any problems I may run into?
  2. Mossmatic

    Mossmatic Compulsive Modder

    Jul 19, 2012
    I used aircraft stripper on a guitar body once... it didn't damage the wood, but it didn't work as well I expected it to either. Depends on what kind of finish it is... This was a thick, polyester finish. The stripper did soften it up a bit, but it still took a lot of muscle to get off. Plus, it's just a nasty chemical to work with..

    Polyester is pretty tough, though. I tried everything there was before resorting to the aircraft stripper. Now I just use sandpaper and good ol' elbow grease.
  3. I don't know what kind of finish this bass has, but I don't think it's polyester. Just paint and a clear.
  4. makaspar

    makaspar Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Austin, TX
    If it isn't poly, citristrip should work fine.
  5. Not safe on humans.
  6. Burns good. First time I used it I was 16 or 17 and didn't use gloves. I learned my lesson REAL FAST and went and got some gloves. :D

    I haven't heard anything contrary, so i'm guessing this should be okay, could try a test piece of painted wood first. Only reason I ask is cause I have an old can sitting around.
  7. I've used it many times on Citrabia and Mooney aircraft - and they both have a lot of wood underneath the paint and/or fabric.

    It's FAA approved for such use and I'm very sure they would not allow it on an aircraft if it was going to cause damage.

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