paint off serial number plate

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paint off serial number plate

Post by Sred » Sat Jan 02, 2021 4:49 pm

The name, patent, and serial number plate on my recently purchased M38 is painted over. I was able to remove the plate from the fender well. Any thoughts/ advice on how best to remove the paint from the plate while keeping the original information underneath readable?

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Re: paint off serial number plate

Post by redlight » Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:23 pm

I used a spray om paint stripper from Home Depot. I used it on a M416 data plate to remove old paint over spray. . sprayed it on waited 15 seconds and wiped off. Did it a few times, left black original printing but the over spray was 90% removed. I did not mind some left over paint as the date plate looks like it has been on the trailer for 50 years .
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Re: paint off serial number plate

Post by YLG80 » Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:41 am

If you have to restore the data plate completely, please read this: :wink:
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The paint stripper or the electrolityc paint stripping will do the same job on paint.
If your data plate is also rusted, prefer the electrolityc process. Do not use sand paper.
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Re: paint off serial number plate

Post by Sred » Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:44 am

Thank you for the quick responses. I will post results when done

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Re: paint off serial number plate

Post by Kendall » Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:51 am

I have used brake fluid successfully to remove paint from data plates.

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Re: paint off serial number plate

Post by Sred » Tue Jan 19, 2021 7:55 am

I ended up using a citrus based paint stripper.
Thank you all for the advice. I was worried to put any chemicals on the plate until I read your replies
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Re: paint off serial number plate

Post by Ken Perkins » Tue Jan 19, 2021 8:30 am

came out nice, what exactly did you use ? I generally use dot 3 brake fluid also...
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Re: paint off serial number plate

Post by Sred » Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:13 am

I happened to have this from a house project. I let it set on the plate less than 10 minutes at a time as I was worried how it would work. I had two layers of paint to go thru.
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Re: paint off serial number plate

Post by ojgrsoi » Thu Jan 21, 2021 6:49 pm

That turned out great.
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