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Unread 04-09-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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Default Removing old crappy rattlecan paint?

Hi everyone, first post on the forum here. Just bought a 2000 TXT Ez Go and its awesome. Aftermarket controller, scoots at about 25 with a spindle lift. Only problem is i HATE the paint. They did a crap 2-3x rattlecan job with Krylon.

Should I completely remove it to bare plastic? Whats the best technique here? I looked through threads for awhile but would love some help
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Unread 04-09-2019, 05:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Removing old crappy rattlecan paint?

Yes.

Hands down best method... you will need 2 things. Furniture stripper, and a pressure washer.

Get 2-3 cans of the AEROSOL kleen strip furniture stripper. https://www.idealtruevalue.com/store...BoCASEQAvD_BwE They're about $7/can. Walmart used to carry it, my local walmart doesn't anymore. But tractor supply has it. Do yourself a favor, search until you find the aerosol stuff. Nothing else works as well or is as easy to use. Take the body off and put it on saw horses, will make re-painting it easier too. There's a thread in the ezgo section for removing the body and all the rivet locations.

Spray the furniture stripper on the body everywhere, liberally. It will instantly start to bubble and peel. Let it sit for 15 minutes and blast it with a pressure washer. Then repeat for any spots it didn't miss. Spraypaint usually comes right off with 1 pass, 2-3 layers/colors. If it has had a real automotive paint job in the past, it will take another pass with the stripper but still comes off pretty easily.

Then use some 220 sandpaper and a D/A sander to get whatever is left once it dries. Scuff the whole thing, use some promoter, prime, and re-paint. Will look like it's brand new again.

I'll reply to this post in a few minutes from my phone with a few pictures "in process". I recently stripped my entire club car DS down to bare plastic in about 20 minutes. It had at least 4 different paint jobs over its life, it's always fun looking at all the colors it used to be lol
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Heres a few pics of an ezgo I did a while back
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Nice write-up CP241
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Unread 04-09-2019, 07:20 PM   #5
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Default Re: Removing old crappy rattlecan paint?

Thanks. LukeL actually told me about the furniture stripper and it doesnt hurt the plastic body. But I'm lazy... if I can find a way to do the same thing without painting and scraping I will. So insane aerosol stripper and said hey... that's half the battle. Then thought about removing it and thought... pressure washer! I was amazed how easy it is and how well it really worked. The ezgo I had about 45 minutes from flat black whatever color it originally was down to green plastic body. 40 of the 45 minutes was either waiting for the stripper to do its thing, or waiting for the water to dry in the sun before the second round of stripper. 5 minutes of "work" involving spraying aerosol stripper or hosing it off with the pressure washer. I like letting tools do the work for me :)

One thing to be said, if its spray painted now, dont expect to strip the paint off and have original body look good. It probably wont. I'm sure they sanded/scuffed the plastic prior to the first paint job. But... rattlecan paint can come out very nice if you take your time and do it right.

The ezgo above I painted with HVLP gun... black base coat and then blue-green flip pearl in the first 4 coats of clear coat. I think 2 more coats of clear without the pearl on top of that.

These 2 got rattlecan jobs. The Yamaha I did over a year ago and it still looks great. I just sold it recently (still a little sad about that...) the club car I did a few weeks ago. It's actually black but the metallic flake in the paint has a lot of brown tones in the flake so it kinda looks brown. I think it turned out pretty nice.
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These are the "before" of the same 3 carts. With the exception of the Yamaha, lots of spraypaint had to be removed lol
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This is great! Thanks!!!
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