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    I want to strip down the paint/powdercoat on my Berk. It has already come off in some places and its showing green under the white. It looks like thats the color of the metal though. Is it anodized or something? What should I do for paint prep? Best paint to use?

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    I just sanded mine down smooth, (400) and shot it with some two stage ford white, (yz), lots of clear,looks awsome. But you can rattle can it if you prep it good good luck, steve.
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    Start with aircraft stripper
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    Quote Originally Posted by 396_Ways_To_Spit View Post
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    Aircraft strippers do they use a "pole" Michael ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyNitrous View Post
    I want to strip down the paint/powdercoat on my Berk. It has already come off in some places and its showing green under the white. It looks like thats the color of the metal though. Is it anodized or something? What should I do for paint prep? Best paint to use?
    The green is a zink chromate under coat. Leave it on. Sand the white smooth and repaint over the Zink. The green is an aircraft quality primer for aluminum, and you don't really need to remove it, just 400 wet sand smooth. Also, I think the zink is compatible with just about any paint you choose to use......MP
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    Quote Originally Posted by 396_Ways_To_Spit View Post
    Start with aircraft stripper
    x2 for the Aircraft Remover! Just spray it on, let it sit for awhile, then scrape it off with a plastic scrapper. Stripped all the powder coat off my pump with that stuff, then sanded it all down to get that green primer off, that is some tough shit I tried multiple times to get it off with the spray, but it never all came off. I don't have too many tools, so I hand sanded mine it isn't that tough. Sand blasting works great too, if you have a good aggressive grit that you're spraying. That's how I did the smaller pieces. Good luck.

    Oh shit I removed the green primer. Oh well, I sprayed two coats of that green acid etching primer (not as good as the other stuff, but better than nothing) on mine before I painted it with 3 coats of automotive paint in a can.
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    Aircraft stripper eh? Wish they had one of those on my last flight!!!!!

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    Thanks guys. I have a spray gun I can use. I just wanted to know what that green crap was before I went scraping it all off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyNitrous View Post
    Thanks guys. I have a spray gun I can use. I just wanted to know what that green crap was before I went scraping it all off.

    if your going to paint it then leave it like Ray stated above
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    I used an angle grinder and wire cup brush that worked pretty well on my bowl.

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    I tried everything, but didn't want to continue wasting time on it. I was polishing mine and needed it all removed. $25 later, everything was brad blasted into brand new looking aluminum. I polished the whole pump. Upon assembly and use, I found that blasting and material removal through polishing enlarged the clearances in the steering knuckle. Don't blast the insides.

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    Do you mean bead blast? Does sandblast ruin it?

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    Yes, bead blast. Sorry, I didn't catch that. No, it will not ruin the outside. It gives you a clean cast looking material to work with. From there, I took a couple of brass wire wheels to smooth the blast out, several sheets of sandpaper, 3 stones and buffing wheels to make a great shiny polished pump ready for summer. And you pull it out of the water and polish it again, and pull it out of the water and polish it again, pull it out of the water and polish it again. And when you get tired of doing his every single F'ing time, it dulls. And then you have a couple of beers at some point late in the summer, looking at it in the garage, and you break out the polish to see if it will bring back the shine. Well it sure does, but you just did a "test" strip. So now you have to do the while thing to make it look right. After several beers, several hours and everything you're wearing and all your exposed skin is black, its finally shiny again. The whole time you're tihnking is it really worth the labor involved? Next year...its painted again

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    LOL ya polishing is tempting. After that speech I think I'll stick to paint/powdercoat! I don't think polish would last long around wher I live either.

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