Answer for Removing Dry Gel Stain From a Fiberglass Door

Dad's Easy Strip or 3M Safest Strip are 2 I use when they are available at my local supplier. Peel Away is another brand I use but isn't always available to me. Paint strippers designed for fiberglass car parts or boats will also work but could cause damage to some fiberglass doors. If you know the door manufacture get in touch with them and ask for recommendations.

Always test the stripper on the hinge edge first to make sure it is "truly" safe for your door.

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Answer for Removing Dry Gel Stain From a Fiberglass Door

The door has been stained by a painters last year. Now it is weather beated. I had light sanded the door and apply gel stain to the door and it came out two shades of stain light and dark. I would like to remove the gel stain and redo the whole door. Can you tell me what to do and what can of stain remover to use. Attach is a photo of the door.

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Answer for Removing Dry Gel Stain From a Fiberglass Door

It depends on the door, not all fiberglass doors are equal. I have used lacquer thinner before without any problems but it is always best to use fiberglass safe paint stripper.

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I have heard that the lacquer thinner can melt/damage the fiberglass door. Have you encountered this problem?

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Plan on a day and a half (1-1/2) for stripping, including the final rinse and any prep. You will need to experiment a bit with the fiberglass safe strippers available to you. With the right stripper you should get it done in a day but I would give yourself a little extra time to figure that out. I like to buy from a local auto paint shop (store) as they have a great selection of fiberglass safe stripper.

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Answer for Removing Dry Gel Stain From a Fiberglass Door

Karl,
I am refinishing a fiberglass door for a customer, and have not done this before. The existing stain is bubbling and chipping which leads me to believe that there was no top coat applied. If this is the case I will simply use the lacquer thinner method. However, if I have to use the stripper, how long would you say it should take to strip a fiberglass door and 2 side-lites?(Inside and out). I need to time myself correctly for quoting/billing purposes.
Thank you, Teresa

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Answer for Removing Dry Gel Stain From a Fiberglass Door

Peel Away is a good paint stripper and should work on most clear coats. I have tried many paint strippers over the years, including environmentally friendly types, and I find the old smelly metholchloride paint stripper works the best.

Metholchloride paint stripper will burn skin and has a very strong solvent smell. Work with this type outdoors, wear protective clothing and heavy rubber gloves.

Peel Away is a little different. It is applied to the surface then a special paper covers it. This paper keeps the Peel Away wet, allowing it to work.

Both types will dissolve the clear coat and gel stain. Using a stripper on a fiberglass door is easy; apply the stripper and wait according directions, use a scouring pad to help loosen the finish, then rinse well with water. If any stain remains after the door is dry, use lacquer thinner, a scouring pad and rags to remove it.

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What is the best remover for gel stain, and what do I use on the clear coat that's over the gel stain? Need Assistance

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Yes, it possible to remove the gel stain. The exact method depends if it is sealed or not.

Not Sealed
If the stain has not been sealed, all it takes is lacquer thinner and rags. The lacquer thinner will dissolve the stain. This is a strong solvent and as such work out doors, plus dispose of the rags properly.

Protected With a Clear Wood Sealer
The sealer will need stripping before the stain can be removed. The most appropriate stripper depends on the clear finish used. If a strong stripper is used it will also remove most or all of the gel stain. Any remaining stain can be removed with lacquer thinner.

In both situations, it is a good idea to have a nylon scrub pad and a old tooth brush handy for tight difficult areas.

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