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Posted 14 June 2009 - 12:54 PM

I am working on painting my tippy 98c pro and wow is the prep / sanding part taking forever!

Don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for an easy way out, maybe just a smarter one.

I have a dremmel tool with some sanding tips as well as sand paper and a lot of elbow grease. It just seems like an extremely inefficient way of stripping down the paint. I've been plugging away for hours and have very little to show for it.


Looking for some suggestions and advice.
Is there a good paint remover I can use? If there is, what brand and where can I get it I went to a hobby store and they sold me something but I can tell you, it made no difference.

I've heard of sandblasting? Is this a good idea and where do I even start to do something like this?

Any feedbacks on the sanding / prepping would be greatly appreciated

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 06:13 PM

I wasn't aware that you had to sand it that much. I don't think you have to remove the paint that's on it, just the surface material that would repel any paint you put on.
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Posted 14 June 2009 - 07:45 PM

hummmm ... but wouldn't having the old paint somewhat left on kind of change the color outcome?
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:03 AM

No idea. Just giving my opinion as someone who doesn't know much about painting guns until someone with more experience posts.
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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:32 AM

You don't have to remove all of the paint, but some would argue that the final outcome would be better if you did. You do need to prep really well, making sure you sand the old finish enough to remove any shine or reflectivity of the old paint. Make sure you use a finer sandpaper or dremel bit for the final sanding. I usually use 400 grit, some might say even finer is better. I don't use a finer grit, cause well its a paintball marker and it's gonna see some rough times and IMO it doesn't need to be as perfect as say a car's finish. A finer grit will not make the paint stick any better, but it will allow a smoother finish. I would also suggest the use of a good primer to start, and a matte or a flat clear to finish it off. Also dissasemble the marker too much risk of damaging something if you leave it assembled. (you may have already known that)

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Posted 04 March 2010 - 06:18 PM

something i use is Aircraft Stripper

used on vehicals by the military this stuff rips thro paint like butter


by care tho,its incredably easy to scratch things up
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Posted 04 March 2010 - 07:14 PM

Theres chemicals and certain kinds of liquid paint stripper out there, i used them all the time when i helped out on home improvement projects. you dont NEED to strip all the paint, just enough to remove the clear coat and rough it up to where the new paint sticks. Granted, you would probably get a better result if you did, but it isnt necessary.
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