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Removing paint from Porcelain Sign #699696
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I have a porcelain Frontier Rarin To Go sign that has been re-purposed many times and has a few coats of paint on it. It is a keyhole shaped sign and is about 6 feet tall and wide. I also have the heavy frame that was mounted to a pole. I can get the frame blasted and powder coated. What is the best way to remove the many layers of paint from the sign without damaging it?
The sign has also been used as target practice so it probably isn't in great shape to begin with.I tried to post a picture but it said it is too big and I don't know how to shrink it.

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Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: 51hudson] #699698
Sun Dec 03 2017 04:59 PM
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On the Google Custom Search form in the upper right corner of this page, type in "cleaning porcelain signs" and click the Search button.

Lots of great info available on this forum in past topics.

Here are links for help with different ways of posting pictures in your message.
Pictures of the File Manager direct image upload step-by-step process:
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Resizing photo images for easy upload using File Manager:
http://www.oldgas.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=199328

Or resize by using our "EZ Image Resize to use in other forums" gallery:
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Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: Oldgas] #699700
Sun Dec 03 2017 05:07 PM
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I've been a member for some time, but this is my first time posting. So I think I have figured out the resize issue. I will give it shot

sign painted.jpg
Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: 51hudson] #699715
Sun Dec 03 2017 07:12 PM
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Brush on paint stripper & a plastic scraper.

Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: 51hudson] #699805
Mon Dec 04 2017 06:18 PM
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^^^What he said^^^

It's hard to tell how many bullet holes are in it from that picture, but that sign may still look really nice after you clean it up with paint stripper.

Please post an after picture.

-Steve


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Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: 51hudson] #702928
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Here it is cleaned up.

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Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: 51hudson] #702929
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Here is another before with it still in the frame.

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Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: 51hudson] #702939
Sat Jan 20 2018 10:18 PM
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Well, she's seen better days, but that is still a very cool sign. Nice find.


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Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: 51hudson] #702941
Sat Jan 20 2018 10:57 PM
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Wash it good with soap and water and buff it with a non grit compound. You will be surprised how well it will shine.


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Re: Removing paint from Porcelain Sign [Re: 51hudson] #702992
Sun Jan 21 2018 03:06 PM
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Cool sign, I think you’ll be even happier with it if you get the paint out of the bullet holes. Black bullet holes won’t stand out so much. I’ve found aviation stripper (found at auto paint stores) is the strongest out there. Might need some manual scrubbing in there. I know it’s important to be careful but the porcelain is pretty tough stuff.

Buffing with auto buffer shines up the sign a little too...


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