Paint Stripping

Dipping Method
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In chemical dipping the entire body of the car will be dipped in a vat of chemicals to remove all of the finishes, leaving it in bare steel. Everything is removed from the body prior to dipping, including the glass, brightwork, and all interior trim. Some dippers will reject a body that's too greasy or has excessive loose rust, as this can contaminate the dip so the car must be prepped prior to sending it to the dippers. Dipping is an excellent means of stripping, but it isn't right for every job. The Guild of Automotive Restorers If the car is not being completely dismantled and the entire weather-stripping, window seals, body seam sealer aren't being replaced then dipping isn't an option.

Blasting Method
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One of the more popular means of having a car stripped is blasting--the process of using compressed air to shoot media particles at the body to abrade the finish. Typically, a car body will be completely dismantled prior to blasting, though it isn't absolutely necessary, as it is with dipping. Glass and other trim can be covered for media-blasting. The Guild of Automotive Restorers