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Will ANYTHING strip the paint off of a Mitchell reel? I have a 302 and a 402 that I am customizing, but I cant get the paint stripped. I soaked it in the following:

Lacquer thinner: 3 days
Aircraft stripper: 2 days
Paint thinner: 10-12 days

NOTHING has affected it in any way? I recently stripped a 304 and it took about 2 weeks, but it came off. The best thing I found was the paint thinner. It worked slowly, but surely. On the 402, it has 0 effect!

Any ideas? I do not have a service locally that will media blast small scale projects. I already looked.
 

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I used the aerosol aircraft stripper that foams up and a stiff bristle brush when I did my 302. Paint came right off. A couple spots needed to get hit a couple of times but it wasn't too bad
 

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I used the aerosol aircraft stripper that foams up and a stiff bristle brush when I did my 302. Paint came right off. A couple spots needed to get hit a couple of times but it wasn't too bad

Yep, that's what I used. Nothing! Might as well have been Windex.

I have a siphon sandblaster that I bought to clean rust off of boat trailers. Works great for that, but I'm afraid it might be a bit aggressive for aluminum reels.
 

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A big amberjack will strip one....
 

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I wonder if any of the fiberglass shops have a soda blaster. That would probably do a great job on things like a reel.
That was my first thought. But I don't have anything like that here.
 
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