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Old 03-05-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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I have a 1930 coke machine with a baked enamal red coat that someone painted brown (1960?). i dont know if the brown paint is oil or water based paint. I would like to remove the brown paint only. any suggestions? thanx

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Old 03-05-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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I would contact a local paint store, not an Home depot or Lowes, but a commercial location and ask the question. Usually the newer paint would come off without damaging the original coat, but a qualifies paint supplier can advise you better on what to use and, more importantly, what not to use.

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Take a rag and some denatured alcohol or Goof-Off and rub, if it's latex some should come off. What is your intention with the machine? Is it the value? Are you going to refinish it to its original look? I ask because removing the brown may damage the coke red color. That red may have already been damaged if whoever did the brown came here for advice on prepping it for paint--we would have told him to sand it. Just kidding on coming here for advice, but not about the sanding. If you expect the machine should, or does, have some significant value, I would contact a furniture refinisher who could professionally remove it without damaging the red, as I said, if it isn't already damaged. Or, if you're just going to throw it in your garage to hold soda, as one of my customers has, buy some mild paint stripper, read the instructions, and have at it.
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Peel Away paint stripper will remove paint from metal, also strypeeze will remove paint from metal, but I don't think that you will be able to just remove the brown paint with out damaging the original paint. If you want to have it restored I would take it to a professional shop where they can media blast it using mild media.
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HPNY, I don't use stripper that often. But I'm thinking that one of the new environmentally friendly strippers (I could make an off color joke right there, but Oh Mike would hammer me) would be mild enough to not damage a baked enamel, if it's not left on too long, just enough to soften the top finish. How about wiping it down with lacquer thinner, which might soften it enough to remove it with a soft scour pad? Just a thought. I'm old school, if I can't remove it with an open flame, I'm lost as to how to do it. Ultimately though, I'm in your camp with having someone who strips finish for a living to handle that job.
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HPNY, I don't use stripper that often. But I'm thinking that one of the new environmentally friendly strippers (I could make an off color joke right there, but Oh Mike would hammer me) would be mild enough to not damage a baked enamel, if it's not left on too long, just enough to soften the top finish. How about wiping it down with lacquer thinner, which might soften it enough to remove it with a soft scour pad? Just a thought. I'm old school, if I can't remove it with an open flame, I'm lost as to how to do it. Ultimately though, I'm in your camp with having someone who strips finish for a living to handle that job.
Peel Away has an environmentally friendly line of paint stripper. there strippers will actually strip up to multiple layers of paint. We use Peel Away and sometimes Strypeeze when stripping original brass door and furniture hard wear that has multiple layers of paint on it, it won't damage the coke machine,
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jsheridan has the right idea. The mild paint remover could be graffiti remover. Try it first in an inconspicuous location. The original coke red is most likely a baked on finish, but it never hurts to be safe.
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Some of those old coke machines are worth some money. It might be worth having professionally restored. I would look into it before you proceed.

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