whats the best way to strip a repro to repaint. i tried acetone, lacquer thinner, just wont touch it. any tips?
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Then try regular paint stripper at your local hardware store.
Since you're going to eventually use some steel wool to take off most of the paint anyway - to prep it to paint. Why not just steel wool it to remove most of the paint? Once you get the gloss coat off with the stripper the steel wool should work. Just go easy and stop rubbing once you get down to the white base. (ie: don't rub off the scale detail!)