View Full Version : Removing paint from a plastic medalion

06-19-2007, 10:04 PM
Any idea how to get the paint off the back without scratching the plastic? I'm afraid my wife's acetone or paint remover might melt it.


Western Washington, USA

06-19-2007, 10:27 PM
Sorry bud, but that link doesn't work. However, I've had good luck removing paint from plastic using citrus-based cleaners - orange or lemon oil are best. You'll have to soak it overnight to soften up the paint, but it will usually work.


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

06-20-2007, 07:30 AM
duh, sorry about that. I'll get a bottle of it today, thanks!
This aughta work - http://www.tomnoller.com/Avanti.html

Western Washington, USA

06-20-2007, 07:41 AM
so you're just trying to start over with a fresh repaint? I'd probably try to polish it off myself. Can you scrape any off with your fingernail or a plastic scraper?


55 Commander Starlight

Bills R2
06-20-2007, 11:27 PM
Ever try Brake fluid?
Works great on lenses,rubber & vinyl too!

'64 R2 back on da road again

06-21-2007, 01:39 PM
Try rubbing it off of the flat areas with fine grit wet sand paper. Turn on the kitchen faucet to a small luke warm stream. In the recesses use a stiff tooth brush with rubbing compound. Before refinishing make sure it is clear and shiny on the back and front. {without scratches}. 1600 or 2000 grit wet sandpaper work fine when followed up with plastic or paint polish. Tooth paste will polish it up also. Wash thoroughly with soapy water followed by prep clean. Use enamel paint. I have used this method on 63-64 Lark and Hawk trunk emblems.

06-21-2007, 04:46 PM
I have good luck w/000 steel wool. Some of the citrus cleaners have enough citric acid in them to "melt" and/or "fog" the plastic. tempestan

06-21-2007, 09:55 PM
Thanks, the steel wool did the trick after 24 hours in a mild citrus degreaser.

Western Washington, USA