When building a car from the ground up, sometimes one of the worst questions you’ll ask yourself is how far to strip the car down for paint and bodywork. These is when the scope and price tag of a project are set, because taking a car to bare metal and doing everything needed to make it beautiful again can be one of the most expensive parts of building a car. But sometimes it is the only way to go, and other times it might have saved someone money on a project because they end up having to go there anyway before it’s all over. But what method should you use to strip the car to bare metal becomes another one to decide on. Blasting is an option, using sand, media, walnut shells, water and baking soda, water and sand, water and media, and who knows how many other options. Another way to go is with liquid aircraft stripper and a putting knife. Effective, but lots and lots of work. I know, I’ve done this one before and it sucked. And the last option, and the one that cleans every nook and cranny to the nth degree, is acid dipping.
Each of the methods listed above has pros and cons, for me the acid dipping choice might be the ultimate way to get every single bit of your car back to bare metal. In this video you’ll see a 1967 Mustang go through the process and see just how well it does, or doesn’t, work.