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No, not that kind of stripper...

Im redoing my 70 SS dash. The prior owner did an awful job painting it (while in the car). Ive pulled the dash and now want to strip it before repainting it.

I tried Graffitti Remover spray from Klean Strip. Used it on my ash tray first (thank God). I sparyed it on, waited about a minute, then sprayed it off with a full blast of water from a garden hose. The plastic seemed to become damaged from the Graffitti remover and ended up with a "cratered" appearance.

Am I doing it wrong? Is Easy Off a better idea? I do not want to use anything that will damage the dash.
 

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I'm workin' on repainting my dash right now. I used Easy Off initially and it worked. Didn't quite get everything off so I ended up blasting it with baking soda through my pressurized blaster. This took it all the way down to the black under the chrome lookin' layer. In retro Easy Off would've been just fine. I didn't have any damage from Easy Off and I used a pressure washer as well. I then sprayed it with Krylon 1613 Semi-Flat black. Turned out nice. Now I'm working on the silver part. I'm using the Testor's paint pen for this.

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I have heard that paint will not adhere properly once something has been blasted by baking soda. I'd be very careful about using it.
 

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Chris, how long should I leave the easy off on the dash, and should I rub it with a brush, steel wool, or anything after spraying.

How long should I leave it on and what do I do after applying it, rinse it with a garden hose or do I need a high pressure sprayer?

Is the baking soda easier? Does anyone have any experiences with paint not sticking to baking soda blasted surfaces?
 

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I left Easy Off on for only a matter of minutes. No more than ten to fifteen. I just kept an eye on things. Most paint came off with a rinse from my pressure washer. I would say a water hose and stiff bristle nylon brush would work just as well. The very bottom layer is black, and this is covered with a shiny layer of something. Looked almost like chrome. Easy off wouldn't take that off. That's when I decided to blast it with baking soda. I didn't have any problems after I blasted it with the soda. I washed it real good with soap and water, let it dry, and sprayed it with good ole' Krylon #1613. I have read some posts in here regarding soda and issues with paint not adhering. Like I say I haven't had any problems with it. The only reason I blasted it was because I thought the paint may fill up the simulated grain. Light coats of paint and there is no worry. Mine is lookin' tons better now.

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