De Lacqeuring....

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by lawrencelaptop, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. lawrencelaptop

    lawrencelaptop New Friend

    Jun 30, 2009
    How to go about it?
    I recently ordered a 67' Olds Ambassador off ebay and was wondering how to go about removing the lacquer from the instrument.

    I know its been asked a number of times, but I've tried a few of the methods but the remaining lacquer is tough as rock. None of it comes off, not with hours of scrubbing. Wondering if you'd have any better ideas
  2. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

    Nov 5, 2003
    Rochester, MN
  3. Ed Kennedy

    Ed Kennedy Forte User

    Nov 18, 2006
    A nasty product (contains methyl chloride) called Aircraft Strip should do the job. Check in automotive paint supply shops. Another time honored method is boiling in a caustic soda solution. You can use the left over solution to make lye soap.
  4. gzent

    gzent Fortissimo User

    Nov 5, 2003
    Rochester, MN
    Oh, yeah, don't use any stripper in your house!

    Use only outdoors or in an airy garage.
  5. seilogramp

    seilogramp Piano User

    Nov 23, 2009
    Georgia, USA
    Definitely not! Bringing her home to meet the family could be very awkward indeed.
  6. optiguytom

    optiguytom Pianissimo User

    Aug 29, 2009
    Chattanooga, TN
    Nick Decarlis of recommended to me a Bondo product available at Advance Auto and some other auto parts stores. It's called Tal-Strip II Aircraft Coating Remover. Get it in a 15oz aerosol can for about $7. He says spray on and let set for about 5 - 10 minutes, then rinse with a hose and repeat. Says it works better than anything he's used....and I am sure he's tried many things! Sounds like the same as Klean-Strip, but in a spray which makes sense. I'm stripping my first one tomorrow and will report back.
  7. Phil986

    Phil986 Forte User

    Nov 16, 2009
    Near Portland, OR.
    There is also the Comebackkid method, which I have successfully used so far on a beat up student Yamaha and 2 Olds Ambassadors:

    Boil enough water to fill anything that will allow you to totally immerse the horn. Wrap the horn in aluminum foil. Once your container is filled with hot water, add oxy-clean. Immerse the wrapped horn in the solution. I take all the slides apart and wrap them individually (no too tight, solution needs to ciculate). Wait until it cools down (takes a while). Lacquer should come off easily, you can often slide it off the tubes as a sleeve. use a brush for the more difficult parts, nooks, cranies etc...
    Inspect the horn to make sure all the lacquer is gone. Even if you see some later that is still there, it will be easy to remove. While still in the bath, you can use a snake brush to do the inside of all tubes. It may not be quite as good as the "chemical bath" done by specialists but it does clean the inside of the horn real good.

    Rinse abundantly, generously, copiously and then some. Dry thoroughly. Serve warm.

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