Paint Stripping

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2012/08/31 18:39:10 (permalink)

Paint Stripping

I've been searching the forum and haven't come up with much on paint stripping other than a random mention of it here and there (burried in the build threads).  I thought maybe having a thread of it's own might be helpful to future searchers.
 
I'm curious about personal experiences with stipping paint from an alumnium body, more specifically, soda blasting or media blasting.  I understand these methods work exceptionally well but I'd like to hear from others first hand experience.  How cost effective was it?  Pros and cons?
 
I've recently been quoted $2000 - $2500 (seems high) for soda blasting my Grumman Kurbmaster.  Thats $100/hr 20hrs + product and clean-up.
 
I was reading the build thread by BackAlleyBurger and he mentioned using an aircraft stripper, a power washer, and a lot of man hours.  So the question I'm presented with is witch route is best for me.
 
Also looking for professional advice on the posibility of keeping the aluminum "airstream" look rahter than painting or wrapping. 
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