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Ugh, this sucks--scraping bedliner

For the last few months I've noticed that the bedliner I had sprayed on my rocker panels when the truck was new was starting to peel along some of the edges and last week I went to the Line-X dealer up north of here to see what he would charge to re-spray those areas (going up a little higher on the doors w/removing the molding). His quote wasn't too bad, but he said that for the job not to look like a complete bag of azz, I'd have to get all the old liner off first and so for the last day or so I've been scraping at it and things are going slooooooooooooow. Simple Green seems to help a little but I'm really thinking about getting a power scraper to speed things up a little. I'd rather not go to a wire wheel in an angle grinder, but if that's what it takes for the removal not to take two weeks, I'll have to get one...

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I would look at some solvent, just keep it away from the areas that you want the paint to stay on I would look at MEK, Xylene, or mineral spirits. Chris

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Simple Green and a plastic scraper is sloooooow and messy but it works and doesn't damage the sheetmetal or the paint (too badly). Since I'm getting those panels re-sprayed I don't care if the paint chips a little but I want to avoid the major damage that would inevitably happen if I used a power tool or more powerful solvent.

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Might try brake fluid for stripper - it works well on the old style enamel.

Harbor Freight has a detail sander that comes with a knife, saw and something else, the knife is good at removing foam insulation. Cost me $42.

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Harbor Freight has a detail sander that comes with a knife, saw and something else, the knife is good at removing foam insulation. Cost me $42.
There's a Harbor Freight retail store not too far from here so I may have to run up there tomorrow. I saw a Dremel vibrating knife/saw/scraper doohickey at Home Depot today but it was a little more $$$ than I was willing to part with for a specialized, never-use-it-again tool like that but $42 is a little easier to tolerate.

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just out of curiosity... What caused the peeling and could it have been avoided?

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just out of curiosity... What caused the peeling and could it have been avoided?
I have no idea--the spots where it was peeling never got touched/handled so I'm thinking a crappy prep job (I can see how little the shop scuffed my paint now that big pieces of the rockers are exposed) had a LOT to do with it.

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Harbor Freight has a detail sander that comes with a knife, saw and something else, the knife is good at removing foam insulation. Cost me $42.

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Thanks again for the recommendation--that doodad is working AWESOME--sure, it's scraping up the paint a good bit but it's not screwing up the sheetmetal and it's FAST.

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I found that it beat a shovel, big time.

If you are going back with bedliner splitting the paint is a good thing.

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I found that it beat a shovel, big time.

If you are going back with bedliner splitting the paint is a good thing.

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I got all the big areas of liner off today so tomorrow I'm breaking out that wonder machine again to clean things up a little then hitting it with my random-orbit sander to finish the removal. That might even save me a few bucks on the re-spray since the prep will be almost done--all the shop will have to do is tape, wipe down with acetone (or whatever degreasing goo they use), then spray since the substrate will already be clean and scuffed.

I'm not normally a fan of anything from Harbor Freight, but for a tool like this that I'm not going to be using frequently (or even infrequently), $42 was smart money.

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