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I've been using Purple Power and Castrol Super Clean (just Super Clean now) for years and love it. I did find that sometimes it doesn't work to well on removing automotive paints (after Castrol removed their name from the brand), but after scuffing the paint and several dunks in the pond it seems to work. I used to use Easy-Off oven cleaner and still do for some paints, but usually spray it outside. I've never used DOT3 Brake Fluid, but know people who swear by it.

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The Dollar Store (Dollar Tree) sells their own water-based cleaner that I've found to be every bit as good as Purple Power, Simple Green, etc.

It's yellow in color, called, "La's Totally Awesome".

For the unbelievable low price of a buck, you get the best spray bottle I've ever found, with little grippy ridges at the top that keep the bottle from sliding out of your hand when wet, filled with 20 fl. oz. of cleaner. The refill bottles are even larger, but don't include the sprayer.

I've been using one of the sprayers for about six years now and it still sprays as good as it did when new.

I've used the cleaner to de-grease automotive parts, as well as household items.

I've wondered how well that stuff would work as a paint stripper.

Looks like I'll be grabbing some this week; I have a couple of things that need to be "undressed."

Get it...stripped...undressed....c'mon, laugh a little, will ya!? It's 3:00 AM and I'm surprised I'm even this lucid at such an hour..

Charlie Larkin

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The best stuff I've found so far is called Dawn Power Disolver. it comes ina spray bottle, but is like a liquid gel when poured out. You need about 3 bottles and a plastic tray to cover a 1/24 scale body. 3 days and the paint and primer rinse off. I saw it used on the workbench forum on a Supra build currently going on. Won't burn the plastic and removes paint from the clear plastic as well. Also I use straight Fantastik to remove chrome plating. This doesn't damage the plastic as well.

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The best stuff I've found so far is called Dawn Power Disolver. it comes ina spray bottle, but is like a liquid gel when poured out. You need about 3 bottles and a plastic tray to cover a 1/24 scale body. 3 days and the paint and primer rinse off. I saw it used on the workbench forum on a Supra build currently going on. Won't burn the plastic and removes paint from the clear plastic as well. Also I use straight Fantastik to remove chrome plating. This doesn't damage the plastic as well.

x2. While Purple Power has worked beautifully for me when stripping chrome, it didn't work well on a painted body after 3 days of soaking. I followed Dave Zinn's suggestion of Dawn Power Dissolver and it worked just fine.

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I swear by Purple Power. It took the Colorplace paint off within an hour, but takes a couple days to remove Duplicolor or Testors laquer.

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another way that seems to work pretty well on most paints is a soak in original<not off brand> pine-sol.

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I am going to have to try Pine Sol & Dawn.

I started with brake Fluid as my first paint striper, til it went from 50-75 Cents/bottle to over $2.oo!!

(Plus, I have a Monogra, 1/32 scale 65 GTO I painted with Testor's 03 red and a Keaton Batmobile

in flat black primer that Still have not stripped after soaking for 15+ YEARS!!!!)

Next I found a Generic version of Fantastik called Fabulous.

I did good on most, then I lost that when the 'Roses' I bought it at closed.

I Have seen Fabulous at Dollar Tree but it has Bleach or other additives in it that I do not know

what effect they will have on the stripping power or the plastic

Currently, I am using Wesley's Bleche White.

So far, I have One bad reaction to it, and a few Weak//No effect.

The Bad reaction was a 61 Pontiac Bonnevile Promo convertible that had been brush painted red & blue.

The Wesley's Softened the plastic terribly!

The right side of the body rubberized, and will NOT straighten no matter what I do, and the Boot cover shrunk so mutch,

it MIGHT fir a 1/43 scale car!!

as for Weak to No effect, I have a 61/2 Buick Special wagon painted brown that it will not touch,

a similar age Chevy Pickup also in a brown, and it would not touch the black of the rocker panels,

the clear red of the tail lights & Light bars, or the Clear blue of the light bars of Lindberg's 97 Ford Crown Vic's.

Friends at the Scale Firehouse told me to try 90-91% Isopropol Alcohol, and that works in only 3-4 Hours!!

I like that I don't need glove to work with the Alcohol, I am thinking the same is true for both the Dawn & Pine Sol.

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Thanks for the tip. Will have to check it out nice time I have to strip parts.

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Never knew that, we buy it by the jug and we have some out in our garage now :lol: Thanks.

Edited by SuperStockAndy

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If that stuff works as well as you say (and it's that cheap!), I'm sure plenty of people will want to give it a try.

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Sounds cool. What does LAS stand for & what is it's true purpose?

HAHAHA!! I thought Totally Awsome was a description, not part of the name. I feel like a moron now! blush..

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Final tests for the LA's Totally Awesome:

An unpainted resin part in that I will leave in for a few days to see if there are any adverse effects

A hood from a pre painted AMT '66 Nova that has what I think is acrylic enamel paint. Whatever it is,I've never had any luck stripping it with other strippers like Westleys Bleche White or Castrol Super Clean.

I'll know something in a couple of days or so and report back. Since it's only $3 for a half gallon,I'm going to buy up a few jugs to save back just in case they stop making it in the future. I've been really impressed with it's performance so far especially concerning chrome stripping and it's ability to strip Tamiya laquer.

Asa side note- 91% isopropyl alcohol (from the drug store) works great for stripping the pre-painted AMTs where other strippers don't seem to do much

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Final tests for the LA's Totally Awesome:

An unpainted resin part in that I will leave in for a few days to see if there are any adverse effects

A hood from a pre painted AMT '66 Nova that has what I think is acrylic enamel paint. Whatever it is,I've never had any luck stripping it with other strippers like Westleys Bleche White or Castrol Super Clean.

I'll know something in a couple of days or so and report back. Since it's only $3 for a half gallon,I'm going to buy up a few jugs to save back just in case they stop making it in the future. I've been really impressed with it's performance so far especially concerning chrome stripping and it's ability to strip Tamiya laquer.

Did it do fine on the resin ? I have a Chrome bumper that's resin I want to strip.

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Thanks for the tip Roger!

I will have to pick some up next time I head to Doller General to look for more of those army toys!

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I stumbled onto some of this at a Dollar store yesterday. Did`nt think I`d ever see it in Canada but The Great Canadian Dollar Store carries it. It`s not Purple but smells exactly like SuperClean or Purple Power and works about the same.  

At $1.25 for a 1 litre spray bottle you cant go wrong.

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tryed it out last night it work GREAT.got up this morn and paint and chrome is totally stripped off allmost ready for paint

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anyone tried 90% alcolol? i got a body that awesome wont cut it sat for 3 day and notta purple pond wont do it either any ideas?

Edited by polandmob

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I just wish I could get very pine again it was a great paint stripper, Walmart carried it. Pine sol is another good stripper but have to watch it or it amy slightly affect the plastic. I stripped auto paint with it.

Tim

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Where I live there is a product called duke , it strips chrome in minutes , but I have had no luck stripping paint with it.

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